Capital Growth News: April 2012

I’ve posted below the latest newsletter from Capital Growth (we are registered with them as a growing space).
Check out their website and you can of course sign up for their newsletter yourself.

Capital Growth News: April 2012

Hello Capital Growers, since our last newsletter our first ever Big Dig event took place. Over 60 spaces took part on the only rainy day of March. However, over 1,500 people braved the rain and lent a hand to their local growing space so look out for future Big Dig events if you need volunteers!  Plus we are taking part in St George’s Day 2012 celebrations in Trafalgar Square on Saturday, 21st April. We would be delighted to see some of you there on the day. For more info go to

In this email

  • Capital Growth News
  • Capital Growth Events & Training
  • Other News
  • Other Events & Training
  • Funding
  • Jobs

This month we like…

The Urban Kitchen Gardener by Tom Moggach, friend and trainer for Capital Growth. Order from your local bookshop, or at

We hope to see you soon!
The Capital Growth team

Capital Growth News

Grow for Gold Support – free workshops, vouchers and prizes
Capital Growth spaces can now sign up to Grow for Gold, which means you receive additional support and can take part in monthly giveaways in the run up to our final competition, which you can enter this Summer.  There are also 5 free training sessions up for grabs, plus free workshops during April. or email paola@sustainweb.orgChelsea Fringe – are you getting involved?
The first ever Chelsea Fringe will begin on Saturday 19th May and run for three weeks, at different settings across London.  It will feature a wonderful mixture of public spectacles, horticultural happenings and celebrations. We would love to know if you are planning an event in your garden. Take a look to see if you want to register – we can cover registration cost for first 5 community groups taking part.

Capital Growth Events & Training

Growing in Schools training day – Fri, 27th April 2012 (Almost full!)
Due to demand we have added another Growing in Schools training date but get in quick as it’s almost full.  The session is run by teacher, grower, chef and (now) author Tom Moggach. Cost is £25 per person or first five to join Grow for Gold will get it for free! Email or visit for information.

The Learning Garden Workshop – Mon, 30th April 2012 from 5-7pm
If you cannot make the full day session then as part of the Grow for Gold support we are organising a free 2 hour workshop to help you use your garden as a learning space.  This will be run by Tom Moggach and include practical sessions that you can replicate in your school. Email for details.

Planning an Organic Vegetable Garden – Sat, 12th May 2012 from 10.30am-3pm (Almost full!)
Its the perfect time to get planning organically for the season ahead. Alex Collings will take you through the principals of organic growing and help you to work out planning details specific to your site. This is the last planning session this season so an opportunity not to be missed! £20 for Capital Growth Spaces and £40 for non-members. email

Composting and Wormeries – Wed, 16th May 2012 from 5.30-8pm or Sat, 19th May from 10.30am-1pm
Run by Paul Richens, this informative session will take you through the principles of composting and help you get to grips with wormeries.  Plus there will be a chance to have any of your questions answered and take part in activities in the garden.  Cost: £10 for Capital Growth spaces. Email

Other News

Can Good Gym help you?
Do you have any physical work that needs doing on your growing space in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, or Waltham Forest? Good Gym has groups of runners who can help you with any repetitive physical tasks such as lifting, digging, weeding, chopping and moving.  They have groups of 10-30 people that run at least once a week. Please get in touch with if they can help you or go to

New BBC One Gardening Series
Do you want to transform an outside space that has been neglected, abandoned or just un-loved, into a green paradise?  Are you part of a community project, residents association, charity or local organisation that wants to change their outside space for the better? Email for an application form: or call the Info-line:  0207 449 3250

OrganicLea’s Plants: What’s available for 2012?
Get a helping hand this growing season with locally grown food plants.
There are three options for 2012:
1) Bespoke ‘sow to order’ service (i.e. we grow the seedlings and plants to your specific order) – popular with community gardens
2) School food-garden packages
3) Hawkwood plant sale days with free training slots available (for 5 Sundays in May)
Contact 020 8524 4994, email or visit – under ‘Plant Sales’ you have more info.

Soil Analysis
A student at King’s College London) is interested in analysing soil samples from food-growing spaces in London to look at health risks that may exist from growing food there, due to the existence of heavy metals. She is looking for sites where crops are grown without raised beds or in which the native soil has not been replaced. If you are interested in taking part email

Other Events & Training

Hounslow Community Farming Association workshop – Cucabits (squashes, cucumbers, courgettes and pumpkins)
Saturday, 21st April from 10.30am-1pm @ Faggs Road allotments, Feltham – Cost: £5 and for more info contact or visit

Wildlife gardening: creating and maintaining wildlife habitats
Guest Speaker: David Perkins, Education Officer at Roots and Shoots, London. Date: 5th May, 10.30pm to 1pmVenue: HCFA, Faggs Road, Feltham Cost: £5 and for more info contact or visit

Hammersmith Community Gardens Association workshop – How to grow your own fruit and veg in the city
Saturday, 28th April from 10am-1pm @ Ravenscourt Community Greenhouses W6 0TW (next to the café). Cost: Free to Hammersmith and Fulham Community Groups, individuals £20 or £15 for Capital Growth members. To book a place please email


Employer Incentive (AGE 16 to 24)
Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24 aimed at helping employers to offer young people employment through the Apprenticeship programme, by providing wage grants to assist employers in recruiting their first apprentice. For information go to /
Please let Capital Growth know if you are going to make an application to see how we can help you.


New Assistant Grower needed for Growing Communities’ Starter Farm site
This post will work with the Grower to get the Starter Farm in Dagenham ready for organic fruit and vegetable production.  They are looking for a responsible and experienced grower with a good understanding of organic growing, practical skills and a desire to grow food for a living.  3 days a week, 22.5 hrs, on a 6 month fixed term contract.  Salary £5,948
The deadline is 5pm on Friday, 4th May. For more look at the Jobs page on:

Community Project Officer, Growing Out (London Wildlife Trust)
£19,000 – £25,000. Entry point likely to be at £23,500, if candidate demonstrates sufficient experience. One post based in Hackney, Camden & Southwark.. Want to inspire people with learning disabilities to get involved in green spaces in Camden, Hackney and Southwark? For more info visit Closing date is noon on 19th April 2012





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