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Wellbeing, gardening, bees, flowers.

Gardeners at allotmentChanging lives with like minded volunteers enhances wellbeing, gardening, bees and flowers.

Chat, joke, sing and dance, but understand differences, love not hate, we are in this together.
Working together in green spaces, enhancing nature, saving the bees from extinction, reducing global warming, trying to save the planet. Living life to the fullest for enriched lives.

Regular community gardening means that we get low-intensity physical activity.

There is evidence that gardeners live longer and are less stressed, pointing to both the physical and mental health benefits of gardening.  Sowing seeds or planting bulbs in your garden or at the allotments benefits many things.

Bees pollinating flowersGrow flowers, pollinators to save the bees. Flowers provide bees with nectar and pollen, which worker bees collect to feed their entire colonies. Bees provide flowers with the means to reproduce, by spreading pollen from flower to flower in a process called pollination. Without pollination, plants cannot create seeds.

Plant trees to reduce global warming. Trees and plants take in carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, theoretically planting enough trees should reduce carbon dioxide.

By gardening, the exercise you get from doing so burns off a lot of calories, relieves stress, lowers your blood pressure and spending time outside is good for your bones.

Wellbeing at allotment plantingWalking up down and all around the garden or the allotments, breathing in the fresh air, glancing at the green spaces, the wild flowers and the trees, listening to the birds and the insects as they search for feed or as they start their journey to migration or hibernation. Very heart warming.

Gardening is good for your mental health and enhances wellbeing, gardening, bees and flowers. You feel pride and joy as you work hard, to enhance nature. Sowing seeds by hand with great care, ensuring that the depth and the spacing of each seed or bulb is within its limits as per instructions for impending growth. Learning all of the time.

While the plants and trees grow, they inhale and exhale, so, the carbon that plants absorb from the atmosphere in photosynthesis becomes part of the soil when they die and decompose.

Wild birds help gardening by eating the plant eating insects to feed their young and by consuming weed seeds, to keep away unwanted plants.

By community gardening, mental health blossoms.

Isolating in the Garden

garden_isolating_rainbowbizHi my friends, I walked my first 6 laps of the back garden at 2pm this afternoon.  Sometimes when I’m walking around the garden a bee buzzes past me as if to say hi Daz, thank you for tending the wildflowers that provide pollen and nectar for us bees and other insects.

Today I’d only been outside for 30 seconds when the bee buzzed by. I have the feeling that the bees wait for me these days.

As I walked the garden there were clusters of daisies and dandelions, both of these wildflowers are important plants for pollinators in the UK daisies are important plants for pollinators, including beetles, ants, and moths.

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Dandelions are not the first source of pollen for bees. The pollen from dandelions is of poor quality, but better than nothing. They do provide a good source of nectar. A lawn full of dandelions is better for bees than a weed free lawn, but not nearly as good as a garden with a variety of plants and no dandelions.

So today I’ve walked 6 laps of the back garden and I’ll be walking 12 laps as usual today. Staying at home and exercising in my back garden is good for my self-isolation and saves me from catching the #covid19 virus. So therefore I am protecting the NHS and saving lives, including my own life.

Love from Daz xx

The Birds and Bees in the Back Garden

Bushes in the GardenWalking into the garden for light exercise and to listen to the birds and the bees is good for my body and my mental health.

Listening to the whistling of the birds or the buzzing of the bee brings happy smiles to my face and takes away any feelings of stress.

We need to look after and care for the birds and all of the insects in our gardens. Just like us, the birds and the insects need to eat and drink to survive diverse whether. I provide of fresh tap water in dishes for the birds: Birds need water to Bird Feederdrink and to bathe in, to keep their feathers in good condition to keep their body isolated in the winter Insects can drink water from the morning due, plants, fruit, raindrops or from the edges of ponds or puddles. Garden birds will eat, slugs, snails, worms, caterpillars, spiders and fruits berries from trees. Insects will eat leaves. Sucking insects poke tiny holes in leaves and draw the juices out of them.

Written by Daz Cook.

Social Distance in 2020

Social DistanceSo we are in the midst of the most incredible times of our life we are having to learn to social distance from our friends, family and the rest of the community.  Covid 19 has completely changed our way of live, how we work and how the Country is operating. I had never given social distance a thought before, what a different world we are living in.

Sadly, we have had to temporarily close our social enterprise, which means our Hippy Shop has closed it’s shop doors and the online shop too.  We have also had to stop both our weekly community groups, the Arty Folk and Friendship Group and Digging Deeside too.  This has affected some of the most marginalised members of our community.

Zoom Online SocialIn order to keep contact with people, Sarah and myself have taken it upon ourselves to telephone, message, text and email the people we support in order to offer a friendly point of contact at this very worrying time for us all.  More recently we have started to host weekly Online Socials using the incredible Zoom software, which has proven a great hit.  Many people have joined in over the past couple of weeks in various different ways, from sitting chatting, to playing musical instruments and we even had a music quiz the other week.  It is so nice to “see” people and keep in touch, it gives me a sense that we are all in this together, helping each other.

Growing at HomeOn a personal note, I have started to take regular exercise each day, whether that is a YouTube workout and even a ballet session (yes me and ballet)!  I have also dusted my push bike off and got it roadworthy after years of no use.  Now I am enjoying the freedom of a little fresh air whilst cycling around my local streets every few days too.  As a family we have been growing lots of fruit, veg and flowers in our garden and encouraging others to do the same. I have even started blogging again!

It is really difficult to look for the positives when we are seeing thousands of people are dying every day from this horrific virus.  However, I am remaining as positive as I can and making the most of lockdown time that has been forced upon me.  I hope you are too.  Stay home and be safe. Sue.

RainbowBiz CIC saved from closure after £10k ‘lifeline’

Photo Credit: Ginger Pixie Photography

A social enterprise that works with the most marginalised members of the North Wales community has been saved from closure after receiving £10,000 in emergency funding.

RainbowBiz CIC were facing a financial crisis after Covid-19 forced them to close their Hippy Shop in Mold, which used 100 per cent of its profits to sustain the work of the social enterprise.

With no money coming in staff feared they would have to end their work until the Steve Morgan Foundation gave them a £10,000 ‘lifeline’ to help them through the worst of the crisis.

The money will enable them to sustain the RainbowBiz Hippy Shop in Mold for the next three months and carry on working with their most vulnerable members.

RainbowBiz CIC director Sue Oliver said: “When Covid-19 struck our first thought was with the people we support.  We were forced to shut our Hippy Shop and were faced with the prospect of having to close the enterprise completely.

“Our work had previously been recognised by the Steve Morgan Foundation so we applied for financial assistance as part of their Covid-19 Emergency Fund and they awarded us £10,000. It was such a relief.”

Sarah Way, director and Hippy Shop manager said: “Not only is the shop our trading arm where we make money for our projects, it is also a gathering place for groups, volunteers, holistic therapists and our regular customers who we love to chat with.

“I am so relieved and humbled by this funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation that will keep our lovely shop from closing permanently.  The future looks bright again for us.”

The social enterprise will also be able to continue contacting members, including their weekly online social meet-up so people can socialise despite being housebound.

Steve Morgan, founder of the Steve Morgan Foundation, said: “Last year RainbowBiz CIC won the Best Entrepreneurial Social Enterprise Award at the Steve Morgan Foundation Awards for the work they do with the most marginalised members of the community.”

“Many of these people are extremely isolated and rely on projects like RainbowBiz  for social interaction and routine. That’s why we stepped in now so they can continue their good work when they’re needed the most.”

Morgan has committed to give £1m a week for an initial 12 weeks to charities in North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire to help them carry on working with the vulnerable during Covid-19.

Digging Deeside Social Gardening Project

Sarah Way, Director of RainbowBiz CIC and Project Co-ordinator of the social gardening project Digging Deeside.

One of the regular groups, a social gardening project called Digging Deeside is now running a lockdown growing project called Let’s Grow Together.  This is to promote positive wellbeing, food sustainability and encourage everyone in the community to get involved.  Short videos are being shared of progress of seeds which are being grown and photographs which members of the community are being encouraged to send it which are then shared for everyone to see.  This is giving lots of inspiration and focus to the community who may not have grown anything from seed before. If you would like to get involved, please take a look at the Digging Deeside facebook page, you can also email your photographs and videos to info@rainbowbiz.org.uk  Let’s Grow Together!

RainbowBiz Gardening Project Supports Local Church

Volunteers from RainbowBiz’s weekly gardening group “Digging Deeside” joined members of Quaystone Chapel’s congregation on Wednesday morning to support the church in the bid to win a Community Gardens Award which is to be judged from July 4th onwards.

The Quaystone Chapel Ecumenical Church (which is a partnership of the Presbyterian and Methodist Church), High Street in Connah’s Quay, next door to Wepre Post Office has long been noted for its large gardens to the front of the church hall.  The gardens are difficult to maintain and the congregation often struggle to keep the annual weeds at bay.  Derrick Lea visited Connah’s Quay Allotment a few weeks ago and spoke to the RainbowBiz Digging Deeside team and asked if they would like to help the chapel in their quest to win this prestigious award through the RHS.  The volunteers were keen and arranged 2 days of work at the garden.

RainbowBiz volunteers were blown away by the support of the congregation members Margaret Roberts and Christina Copack who tirelessly made cups of tea and toast for the hard working gardeners.  RainbowBiz has links with Tri Ffordd a Flintshire County Council service where one of their Directors is a member of staff.  A group of keen, hard working volunteers came out to help RainbowBiz from Tri Ffordd which doubled the members of the gardening group.  Derrick Lea said “I see you have brought an army to help today”

Volunteers from RainbowBiz and Tri Ffordd worked really well together and made a huge difference to the gardens, more than 15 bags of waste were bagged up, large shrubs cut back, flowers dead headed, dandelions dug out and new plants put in.  The work has not been completed yet, the team will be back next Wednesday morning at 10am to offer another day of support to the chapel and the gardens. If anyone would like to join the team, please come and join them as more hands make lighter work.  Please bring your own spade/gloves etc as they have limited tools and transport.

Christina Copack, one of the congregation who was there on the day said “We are extremely grateful for your contribution to helping us with the grounds and gardens RainbowBiz, we are hoping to be successful with our bid in the competition”

“Digging Deeside” is a weekly gardening project that runs throughout the growing season and meets at Connah’s Quay Allotments every Wednesday at 10am.  The group runs on donations and through fundraising.  Anyone is welcome, tea and coffee are made on a camping stove, there are always biscuits and time for a chat.  The group asks for a voluntary donation of £1 each week to help to buy gas for the stove, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits and new equipment.

To keep up-to-date with the latest RainbowBiz community projects, take a look at www.rainbowbiz.org.uk

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015

RainbowBiz_Hate_CrimeCommencing on Saturday, 10th October, Hate Crime Awareness Week aims to:

  • raise awareness of what Hate Crime is;
  • encourage reporting, and;
  • promote local support services and resources.

The under reporting of Hate Crime remains a challenge. We want everyone to understand the impact of hate crime and pledge to help eradicate it and so during Hate Crime Awareness Week Public Bodies in North Wales, supported by Welsh Government, will be working together on a regional awareness raising campaign.

Hate crime is a crime against an individual based on their identity or their perceived difference. Victims may have been bullied, harassed or abused because of who they are, their sexual orientation, gender, religion, ethnicity or lifestyle choice. The crime may be verbal abuse, offensive graffiti, threats, damage to property, assault, cyber bullying, abusive texts, emails or phone calls.

If you think you are, or have been a victim of a hate crime or incident, if you witness a hate crime or incident, or think someone you know is a victim then please don’t ignore it.

Report it by calling North Wales Police on 101 (999 in the case of an emergency) or Victim Support’s FREE 24 hour helpline on 0300 30 31 982 or report online at www.reporthate.victimsupport.org.uk

Flower and Vegetable Show 2015

PRESS RELEASE – FROM CONNAH’S QUAY TOWN COUNCIL

The Town Council is immensely pleased at the success of the fourth annual Connah’s Quay Flower and Vegetable show held at the Civic Hall on Saturday 29 August which built upon the success of the first two events.

Councillor Martin White, Vice-Chair of the Town Council was pleased to be in attendance to meet the exhibitors and hand out prizes at the awards stage, he was ‘impressed with the quality of the produce shown’. Councillor Mrs Pam Attridge stated that she ‘was immensely pleased at the effort everyone had made.  She thanked staff and everyone who had worked hard to put the show together and members of the public for their support both locally and throughout Flintshire.’

The successful 1st, 2nd and 3rd exhibitors in each class were all acknowledged with the prize-winners cards and five overall winners received a small prize and were as follows:-

  • Best Exhibit in the Junior class – Awarded to Mia Roberts Prize was ‘A gift voucher and a day as an Animal Keeper or with horses and ponies at Coleg Cambria – Northop’ – Exhibit: a plate of six scones
  • Best Exhibit in the Floral Class – Awarded to Therese Denis – Exhibit: Flower display.
  • Best Exhibit in the Fruit Class – Awarded to Linda Phillips – Exhibit: plate of any soft fruit.
  • Best Exhibit in the Vegetable Class – Awarded to Jim Attridge – Exhibit: plate of tomatoes.
  • Best Exhibit in show – Awarded to Jim Attridge. Jim wins a complementary meal for two at Y Celstryn, the college training restaurant at Coleg Cambria – Deeside.  Exhibit: plate of tomatoes.
  • Top Tray Category as sponsored by ‘Garden News’ was won by Bob Large.

All winners were presented with certificates from the Town Council, together with a small prize in addition to prizes from Coleg Cambria.

The Town Council wishes to extend its most grateful thanks to Mr Paul Raven, Deputy Director – Landbased & Independent Living Skills and all at Coleg Cambria and his staff Alwyn Jones and Robert MacKay for the judging, also for the prizes and the enthusiastic general support for this event. It also wishes to place on record it’s grateful thanks to Mrs Mary North for judging the Fruit and chidren’s section at the event

It is envisaged that a similar event will be arranged next year.

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The quality of exhibits was very competitive and of a very high standard

Top Tray winner Bob Large with Vice-Chair of the Town Council Cllr Martin White

Top Tray winner Bob Large with Vice-Chair of the Town Council Cllr Martin White

Mia Roberts receives her prize for the best in children’s section from Cllr Martin White and Vice-Chair consort          Mrs White

Mia Roberts receives her prize for the best in children’s section from Cllr Martin White and Vice-Chair consort Mrs White

Therese Denis receives the Flower Section winning certificate from Vice- Chair Cllr White

Therese Denis receives the Flower Section winning certificate from Vice- Chair Cllr White

Linda Phillips was the winner in the fruit Section

Linda Phillips was the winner in the fruit Section

Jim Attridge receives his prizes for the best in Vegetable and overall in show from Cllr White

Jim Attridge receives his prizes for the best in Vegetable and overall in show from Cllr White

Digging Deeside 19/8/2015

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New volunteers join Digging Deeside!

Today we had a few donations of plants and a composter.

Jobs carried out were:

Digging Over and planting the plants that we received.

Plants were: 
Red leaved Basil (Ocimum basilicum Purpurascens)
Lemon Basil (Ocimum americanum)

Seeds planted into bed were:

Lettuce  (Lactuca sativa)

Radish (Raphanus sativus)

Other jobs carried out were watering of plot and cultivating the ground ready for planting up.

We had a new volunteer join us today as well.

Digging Deeside 12 August 2015

Weekly Blog for Digging Deeside 

12/8/2015

Hello Diggers, 

lynda120815This week we had many donations of plants Claire donated a lovely thorn-less blackberry “Loch Ness” we also received a large verity of plants and 3 bags of Raspberry canes from one of our new volunteers Lynda.  

Jobs carried out this week:  

The plants are doing well thanks to digger Daz coming down to water every day.

After sorting through the donations we got to work on planting the Blackberry’s and Raspberry’s in the in ground plot making sure to make the holes deep enough when planting bare root plants its best to fill the dug hole with water to help the plant recover from being out of the ground and also you then don’t have to re-water after planting.  We also got the rest of the plants in that were propagated 3 weeks ago the plants were Leeks (Allium porrum) and Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). 

We also had a good feel around the potato plants and got a good harvest of them.

We all had a good time and the weather was just right not to hot but not too cold.

Hope you have enjoyed reading this blog. Rob 🙂