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Fruit and frost by Paul Freeborough (Volunteer)

The frosts we have experienced during this month have been a concern, particularly for those of us with fruit trees. Hopefully, the blossom will survive long enough for the bees to begin their pollination task as the weather warms up. Fortunately, we appear to have suffered only ground frosts.   In May 1900, fruit tree growers on St Ann’s Allotments were also concerned…

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Cowslips and Climate Change by Paul Freeborough (Volunteer)

Although we hear constant references to climate change, we don’t always see those changes around us. As a lad during the late 1950’s the cold war between Russia and the West was at its height, so any severe weather patterns were satirically blamed on the Russians. I was too young to recognise seasonal changes in the weather and birds such as skylarks, lapwings and song thrushes were plentiful. I was…

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Meet Meg Hale, a new trustee at STAA

We caught up with Meg Hale to find out what she’s excited about working on at STAA   Tell us a bit about yourself  I’m a tenacious self-starter with loads of enthusiasm and a can-do attitude. I’ve run my own business, and have experience in the service sector, specifically in hospitality and education. I’ve recently embarked on an MBA and am keen to develop my management and leadership skills.  …

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Events at STAA

Thank you for your continued patience… We can’t wait to reopen and see you all again! Following the Government’s publication of its roadmap out of lockdown, we are working behind the scenes, reviewing and planning when we might be able to open up our various activities. If you’d like to be the first to hear…

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What makes a successful trustee? By Rob Wood (Trustee)

Perhaps you’d have thought that 12 months of being unable to physically meet together would’ve significantly disrupted the work of our trustees. Totally the opposite. In the Simpsons, Springfield’s Adult Education Centre promises to “teach old dogs new tricks”, and that’s really what’s happened here too, as some of us technophobes have been mentored and supported to use Zoom and…

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COVID-19 Update

Thank you for your continued patience… We can’t wait to reopen and see you all again! Following the Government’s publication of its roadmap out of lockdown, we are working behind the scenes, reviewing and planning when we might be able to open up our various activities. If you’d like to be the first to hear…

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Covid – 19 Tier 4

As we are now under Tier 4 restrictions we are currently reviewing our service delivery and risk assessments relating to Covid-19. Please check regularly here and on our Social Media channels for updates relating to specific activity sessions. General: Please do not visit us if you feel unwell or have been advised to isolate. Wash hands…

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