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Community Fund – Rowanbank Environmental Education – January Update

An extra special thank you to Vegware’s Community fund is due this month, as without your support our Forest School project in Pilrig Park would not be possible!

Thanks to your support we were able to celebrate Winter in true style – with woodland berry tea made on the storm kettle, storytelling, music and Lulu Whizzlegs showing off her flying skills on trapeze!

We also facilitated a series of taster forest school sessions for local primary school children and teachers in the Park – with the aim to inspire & empower more creative approaches to outdoor learning.

See attached poster for details.

Community Fund – Howden Clough Cooperative Farm – January Update

2017 is now well underway and it’s hard to believe that Spring is almost upon us. The Avian influenza outbreak has continued to restrict many of our plans with regards to breeding our poultry. We have not yet had confirmation of an end to the quarantine; however, we are hoping that come early Spring time, an end will be in sight. In the meantime, we do our best to keep our birds as comfortable and happy as possible with netted barn doors which let natural light and air in. 

In the spring, we can start incubating our duck and chicken eggs. We are really exited about our mandarin ducks which should lay their first batch of eggs this year. They are one of the most colourful species of duck; especially the drake.

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Community Fund – School Food Matters – January Update

Borough Market traders were given a run for their money on February 7 when four local schools set up shop for the second year of the Young Marketeers Winter Sale. With pots full of soup and baskets of freshly baked bread, the primary and secondary students showed off their selling prowess, raising a very impressive £494 for FareShare. That means 1976 meals can be distributed to vulnerable families across the capital made from surplus food.

Southwark School Soup Sales Day at Borough Market
Cllr Kath Whittam Mayor of Southwark attends
Southwark School Soup Sales Day at Borough Market
Southwark School Soup Sales Day at Borough Market

Community Fund – Scottish Waterways Trust – January Update

The Canal as it has never been seen before

After the hustle and bustle of the festive season January has been fairly quiet on the Canal.   Scottish Canals carried out their planned wide-ranging programme of winter maintenance, with the water level being reduced along five kilometres of the 200-year-old waterway at Linlithgow between the 9th of January and 16th February. In total, around 30,000 cubic metres of water has been drained from the canal.  At an open day on the 17th January from 1pm-3pm visitors heard from Scottish Canals’ engineering team about how they’re working to safeguard the Union Canal’s rich heritage for future generations to enjoy; took a trip into the history of the waterway with a time-hopping tour of its construction; and had a look at the canal’s 200-year-old infrastructure as it exists below the water

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Community Fund – Scottish Waterways Trust – December Update

December was a quiet month in terms of activity on the canal, in part because during the quieter winter months, the canal gets a bit of an “MOT”, with maintenance and repairs being carried out along the network. As part of this process, this year there is an opportunity to…

See the Union Canal as you’ve never seen it before – without water.

As part of its wide-ranging programme of winter maintenance, the water level will be reduced along five kilometres of the 200-year-old waterway at Linlithgow between the 9th of January and 16th February. In total, around 30,000 cubic metres of water will be drained from the canal.

At an Open Day from 1pm-3pm on the 4th of February, visitors can hear from Scottish Canals’ engineering team about how they’re working to safeguard the Union Canal’s rich heritage for future generations to enjoy; take a trip into the history of the waterway with a time-hopping tour of its construction; and have a look at the canal’s 200-year-old infrastructure as it exists below the water.

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Community Fund – Howden Clough Cooperative Farm – December Update

Well what a few week we have had due to a bird flue out break which has got as far as Louth in Lincoln, we have had to quarantine all our poultry and other live stock for 30 days at least, I don,t think they are too happy but at least they still have plenty of space to move about in. We also have 2 new additions to our live stock, two white doves which are doing really well (pic below). In December we harvested our remaining red onions from the raised beds in the poly tunnel, we ended up with a few kilo, so not to waste any I decided to make a caramelised onion marmalade, which I feel compelled to share the recipe as wow what a result so here it is:

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Community Fund – Rowanbank Environmental Education – December Update

Firstly we would like to wish you all a very happy New Year. Here’s to 2017 being full of wonderful adventures!

Wow, what a year 2016 was! We’d like to share some of Rowanbank’s special moments with you. It was a joy to see so many of you at our workshops and events, and we would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for helping us to create so many magical memories:

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Community Fund – School Food Matters – December Update

Pupils from  St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School with Nicole Pisani  names  withheld school rules
Pupils from
St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School with Nicole Pisani
names withheld school rules

This month sees our Winter Sale schools visit iconic Borough Market for the next element of the Young Marketeers programme. Students from two secondary and two primary schools will enjoy a master class from chef Nicole Pisani on how to create delicious soups from surplus veg and a bread making class from the team at Bread Ahead bakery school. The recipes each school come up with will then be assessed by Borough Markets Food Quality Team.

Community Fund – Feed Our Communities – November Update

We’ve recently had a development that supports our desire to press forwards with expanding our project. We have for some years tried to work with small allotments and over the years it has become clear that whilst they are valuable they are not the most accessible resource for those with mobility issues and can even restrict social inclusion. One of our key barriers is getting people to understand that disabled people can garden. 

However, barriers to social inclusion has recently again been an issue and so our founders have taken the decision that to reach out to and be inclusive to everyone within the whole community of Rotherham and to make a significant contribution towards addressing multiple deprivation cycles, the community farm route is the best way forwards. This has been further evidenced as we joined a food partnership group in November.

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Community Fund – Howden Clough Cooperative Farm – November Update

Over the last few weeks we have had some really bad bouts of rain. I think we are finally getting on top of the drainage problem (huge relief) as it has been an ongoing problem with the clay base under the soil. 

All our live stock seem happy, although Winter is here it has not been severe as yet. Our hens and ducks are laying quite well and we look forward to our incubation projects in the Spring; it is one of the highlights our students look forward to most. We are hoping to invite the younger children to the farm from various local junior schools to give them an insight to the fundamentals of running a small holding. 

Once again we really appreciate your support which is helping us with many improvements. I am adding some recent photographs taken of our ducks and hens .