After the long, cold winter, plot holders look forward to Spring when they can start getting their plots ready for the growing season. The days are getting lighter and warmer, spring bulbs start appearing, and birds make their nests in the trees. With our love of the seasons, the Boundary Way Project is so excited to be celebrating the arrival of Spring with a series of seasonal workshops encompassing wellbeing, creativity and nature. To us, spring is a time of the awakening of nature from its cosy Winter slumber and a starting block for new beginnings. Join us in our activities this month to explore the season of springtime through making and sharing, read on to find out more!
There are two days that people generally use to mark the coming of spring, the first is the 1st March at the start of the calendar month and the second is the 20th of March, the Vernal Equinox. For our celebrations this year, we are focusing on the Vernal Equinox, the day that signals the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere when the length of day and night are close to equal. We are thrilled to be joined by folklorist and artist Anne Marie Lagram from her Shropshire garden on this special day for an online Spring Folklore session, will you be celebrating with us?
To celebrate the first day of spring in this morning session, beginning at 10:30, we’ll take a potter to see some of the plants and garden birds of the season and gather things of interest to make a bountiful, seasonal table decoration. Anne Marie will be sharing stories of the magic of hares and we’ll also be making natural items to assist with our spring-cleaning.
Alongside this marking the beginning of Springtime with our Spring Folklore workshop, we are continuing the celebrations with an online session on 22nd March with herbalist Maria Billington. In this session we will be taking a look at the rich bounties of spring. It will be an exploration of some of the wonderful plants that are springing up and making everything look lush and green as the season comes into full bloom.
Maria’s expert advice will include looking at which Spring plants are good for us to forage and use in both medicine and food. We will also take a look how we can encourage more diversity at this time of year. The session will include a Seed Bomb make along and a demonstration of different plants and their uses. We can’t wait to learn more about the plants popping up at the start of one of our favourite seasons!
Both workshops cost £2.50 and places must be reserved in advance via. the links below. It is noted that participants will receive a zoom link to join shortly in advance of the event.
If you can’t make it to our Spring celebration workshops and want to get outside to discover the season for yourself, you can always take a look in our Resource Hub
. It is packed full of lots of outdoor creative activity ideas, as well as this Springtime Nature Spotter Worksheet
to take out on your daily walk with you!
The workshops mentioned in this post are part of a series of online activities to encourage connection and creativity and boost wellbeing during social distancing. They have been made possible with funding from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage.