Heritage Celebration Open Day – 30th June

From 10- 4pm on Saturday, we’d love for you all to join us for an exciting Celebratory Open Day at Boundary Way. The day will celebrate the wonderful arts, heritage and education projects happening at Boundary Way Allotments and Community Garden and we have so much going on during the day for you to explore and join in with. Read on to find out all about it…

Happa Zome for all

Happa Zome for all (photograph by Geoff Broadway)

We’re excited to be collaborating with The Crafty Gardener CIC and Wolverhampton’s Mayor’s weekend to offer a day of activities, talks and presentations, with something for all the family. Come and relax in our beautiful garden and enjoy displays, stalls, talks and art and nature activities. There will even be refreshments served throughout the day and with the sun shining it is set to be one of our best Open Days yet.

At 10.30am Moya Lloyd will talk in the Storytelling Area about the arts, heritage and education work at Boundary Way, that has been made possible with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund & Arts Council England. The Boundary Way Project have done so much work with their funding and are all excited to be able to share their progress with everyone in this short talk.

Shed Camera Obscura and Portable camera obscura in 2016

Shed Camera Obscura and Portable camera obscuras

Moya Lloyd’s talk about the success of the project will be followed at 11am by a talk by renowned gardening historian Twigs Way. Twigs will be presenting ‘Edens for all’ a talk about what Allotments mean to us and their communities. It will be lovely to welcome Twigs back to Wolverhampton after the success of her talk with us last year about Boundary Way. Twigs has been working with us to uncover the history of Boundary Way in the context of the development of Allotments in the UK and her work is absolutely fascinating. A compelling speaker, this talk is one not to be missed – reserve your free place for the talk here.

Twigs’ in-depth research forms part of the Boundary Way Project’s wonderful new illustrated brochure, designed by Marie Sewell of Boho Creative. The brochure traces the story of our site from its opening in 1953 to the formation of the community garden and recent developments, and will be available to look at and buy this Saturday. With a limited amount available the brochure is sure to fly off the stands, so make sure you grab yours this Saturday to discover the Boundary Way Allotments in a new way.

From 12 -1pm you can learn more about our year long research into native plants and their uses with herbalist Maria Billington, who will be discussing her discoveries from plant mapping. This work has culminated in the creation of our new nature worksheets and if you bring along your family on Saturday you will be able to use the resources to hunt for native plants in our Community Garden.

At 2.30pm The Crafty Gardener will be presenting certificates to celebrate the achievements of participants on their recent Can Do learning programme, supported by Leonard Cheshire. The Crafty Gardener provides meaningful day activities, education and employment related support through social enterprise on their allotment plot at the bottom of the Boundary Way site. They support vulnerable adults through their work, which is all based around craft & gardening. On Saturday they will also be selling plants & crafts made by their participants.

Maria shares her findings

Maria Billington shares her findings

Alongside these stalls, there will also be planty of workshops taking place around the Community Garden. From 2-4pm artist and folklorist Anne Marie Lagram will be celebrating the Summer season by sharing stories of garden and weather folklore and creating a sun wheel with found natural materials. You can book in advance for this workshop here, which costs £3 and is suitable for adults and supervised children. As always, families are welcome and we can’t wait to celebrate Summer in the sunshine!

There will also be displays of photographs and artwork in the shed and polytunnel, a free drop-in art session with artist Laura Hickman from 12-4pm, a chance to experience Ann Walker’s Shed Camera Obscura and an intimate premiere of our new short film created by artist Geoff Broadway telling the story of our site. The film will be shown at 1:30 & 3:30pm in the shed at the bottom of the allotment.

We can’t wait for the day to begin & hope to see you there to help us celebrate our work so far at Boundary Way Allotments & Community Garden!

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