Summer Talks & Activities at our Heritage Open Day

Last Saturday, we had a wonderful day celebrating the inspiring arts, heritage and education projects happening at Boundary Way Allotments and Community Garden. In collaboration with The Crafty Gardener CIC and Wolverhampton’s Mayor’s Community Weekend, we held a jam packed, and boiling hot, day of talks and activities for all the family. We had so much fun and can’t wait to share everything that we got up to with you today!

Our morning kicked off with an overview of what the Boundary Way Project has achieved, shared with the audience by Project Lead, Moya Lloyd. This celebration was followed by an exciting talk by returning garden historian Twigs Way, entitled ‘Edens for All’. In this talk, Twigs drew on fact and fiction to explore the ways in which a small plot of earth has provided not only practical but also philosophical focus for lives through the centuries. Exploring and questioning how and why we create our very own Edens and finishing with a lovely Q&A session and some fresh strawberries from one of our plotholders, Max.

From noon onwards, herbalist Maria Billington was on hand to help our visitors discover the plant life of Boundary Way and made five new plant discoveries, it is amazing how much we keep learning about the environment around us. Alongside Maria, artist Laura Hickman was set up in the Orchard, offering collage and art activities to visitors of all ages.

In the afternoon, with the guidance of artist Anne Marie Lagram, participants in the Celebrating Summertime Workshop worked together to create a magnificent sun wheel from recycled, found and scavenged materials. Throughout the creative session, Anne Marie shared stories about gardening and weather folklore and sayings and superstitions associated with this time of the year. There were quizzes, games and a dash of faerie mischief and magic, and everyone had an amazing time, with the finished sunwheel now hanging proudly in the Storytelling Area for all to see.

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