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January newsletter 2022

Dear reader, There’s nothing quite like being outdoors, even in the coldest winter days, and perhaps being outside is something that benefits us even more in the shorter months. Tons of research backs this up, which is why the Greenspace project in Nottingham is such a welcome development. Greenspace is all about improving people’s mental health through nature-based activities, and…

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Green Social Prescribing

There’s nothing quite like being outdoors, even in the coldest winter days, and perhaps being outside is something that benefits us even more in the shorter months.   Tons of research backs this up, which is why the Greenspace project in Nottingham is such a welcome development. Greenspace is all about improving people’s mental health through nature-based activities, and…

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December 2021 newsletter

Dear reader, If the snow gave you that festive feeling, we invite you to join us on the Orchard to make your own decorations at our Community Open Day, or relax by the fire at our Family session and Adventure Play on 22nd December. Details of all those events and more can be found below.…

Onions growing in a line

Onions by Paul Freeborough

With Christmas approaching, you may be thinking of presents for your nearest and dearest. Five gold rings would be nice, or even a partridge in a pear tree. How about a string of onions?  Before World War II, 90% of onions, a staple of British cooking, were imported into Britain, although they could so easily have been grown in British…

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November 2021 newsletter

Dear reader, A big welcome to all the volunteers who’ve joined our projects since the end of the Summer, we’re so happy to work with you and know that you’ll make a real difference to our work. We’re running regular activities throughout Autumn and Winter, with plenty of hands-on activities to keep you warm! Best…

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Pasta with homemade yellow tomato sauce and nasturtium pesto by Stuart Bower (Volunteer)

Yellow tomato sauce (* means it was sourced from the Nursery garden) Pasta (usually homemade from duck eggs and 00 pasta flour – but here, dried, courtesy of Aldi) Onion Garlic* Tomato puree Yellow tomatoes* String beans* Fresh loofah* Grated Italian hard cheese A few broccoli spears Pesto* Nasturtium pesto Handful of each:    Nasturtium* Fresh basil (not entirely necessary – but…

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Insects by Paul Freeborough (Volunteer)

Back in the 1980’s I was lucky enough to ask a question on radio’s Gardeners’ Question Time. Much to my teenage daughter’s embarrassment, my question was: “I have whitefly on my brassicas, can the panel recommend a remedy?” It turned out that the whitefly were harmless and could be washed off with a hose. There…

Photo of Parisa at SFiCE Social cafe with crates of fresh food we delivered to her

Community Harvest & SFiCE

In 2020, STAA launched a pilot project designed to tackle food waste and address food poverty in the local area, this has developed into STAA’s Community Harvest Project. It is an initiative to sow, grow and distribute fresh fruit and veg to where it is most needed in the communities surrounding St Ann’s Allotments. As well as…