Community Engagement in the Kitchen Garden
The Seeds of Resilience theme ran throughout our community engagement activities in 2021.
It addressed the nature of resilience from a horticultural perspective and was very appropriate for the social climate at the time, as we tried to reintegrate and overcome the challenges of the ongoing pandemic.
Activities enhanced the overall wellbeing of participants – teaching heritage skills such as how to save good, viable seeds and offering valuable opportunities for learning and social interaction both online and practically on the ground.
Topics included: how to grow and arrange your own cut flowers, land art and mindfulness, cob making, earth oven construction, hazel hurdle making, and cooking!
Heritage skills in action and our heritage equipment discovery!
Seeds of Resilience – Living Sculpture
As part of the project we worked with the internationally renowned Environmental Artist Richard Shilling. With help from volunteers and community groups he created a living sculpture inspired by the theme Seeds of Resilience. This sculpture evolved and grew throughout the season culminating in the creation of a seed pod, surrounded by cob seeds that had been handmade by the project participants.