Hartcliffe Health and Environmental Action Group – August 2015

Do you remember the pictures of many hands helping to put up a new cover on a poly tunnel for the Hartcliffe Health and Environmental Action Group? They had a less than useful space with a cover in shreds and we were able to help them with a new cover. I visited them recently and was shown how they had lost no time in making use of it. They have recently harvested cucumbers in the shelter provided and tomatoes are ripening in there.

Volunteers have been busy outside in the community allotments all the summer producing a continuous supply of vegetables Now is the season for runner beans and there is a patch of beautiful squashes. Their orchard has early apples with some plums and pears coming along.

As well as these allotments on Molesworth Drive, they have a site on Bouchier Gardens higher up on the Dundry slopes. This site is being developed as a community orchard, and young apple trees are already bearing some fruit. It is a space where local people can come with their children and on the day I visited a community support worker had a group of mothers there with young children who were relishing the freedom to run about. A roundhouse is being prepared for shelter; here you see the very early stages of construction.

Wendy Pollard