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London in Bloom judging at Freightliners Farm


London in Bloom judging at Freightliners Farm

On Friday 16th July I had my first public outing representing the Islington Master Gardener Programme, I met the London in Bloom judges as they toured Islington’s green sites.  We were at the beautiful Freightliners Farm in Paradise Park where Master Gardener Vanessa Morris volunteers in the growing space / allotment. Freightliners is a city farm which provides the opportunity for locals to learn from and interact with the environment and each other through animal care, horticulture and sustainable practices. The borough of Islington were overall winners in the 2009 London in Bloom competition so hopes are high that we can see off the other leafy boroughs again this year.

I hadn’t been to Freightliners before and arriving to hear a babble of childrens’ laughter mingled with goats bleating on a sunny day was lovely. The judges loved the atmosphere of this special place and one, Mike Fitt, was particularly interested in the Master Gardener programme and the idea of voluntary community support for growing. I sang the praises of the fine work the Master Gardeners are all doing across the borough and it was lovely to meet Vanessa as she and the other garden volunteers readied the site for the judges.

Freightliners has lots going on with garden compost (made on site), plants, seasonal vegetables, eggs and chicken coops for sale and if you’re local and need to get rid of garden waste you may be able to use their composting service.  They prefer you deliver it but can sometimes collect so get in touch first to check via the contact details on the Freighliners’ website (link below).

They also have a heritage apple orchard, 5 beehives, a RSPB wildflower meadow, numerous animals (including some very large rabbits) and, important to note some of the best flapjacks (with figs in them) that I’ve tasted. And finally… they are fundraising this summer with an outdoor performance of  “The Taming Of The Shrew” from the Principal Theatre Company on 1st August. Have a look at the Freightliners’ website for further details.

Freightliners Farm

London In Bloom

The original Freightliner

The original Freightliner

Plant sale

Plant sale

Verdant loveliness

Verdant loveliness

composting site

composting site

sheep

sheep

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