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Digging Deeside 19/8/2015


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 


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 🙂 

Digging Deeside 5 August 2015

RainbowBiz_DiggingDeeside_leafletOne of our fabulous volunteers and resident expert Rob has kindly agreed to do a weekly blog about the work carried out each week at our volunteer driven community project Digging Deeside.  We meet every week on a Wednesday between 10am and 12noon in the community allotment/gardens located at the back of the job centre in Connah’s Quay. EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

The project has turned into a very social occasion and we always make sure everyone has a cuppa and a biscuit.  Again, another volunteer Claire very kindly donated monies to keep us in milk and biscuits for many months!  One of the most important aspects of the project is to ensure that everyone is having a good time and feels welcome.

We often receive offers of kind donations, from seeds to tools stores and we will consider any donations as we do like to make use of these where possible.  If you would like more information about the project, please call Sarah on 07759 753 473 or email digging@rainbowbiz.org.uk

Hi all this is the first of the weekly blogs on the progress of the allotment.

Jobs that were done today Planting out of the seedlings that were brought back to the allotment, after being looked after by Rob one of the volunteers. They were planted 2 weeks ago and the plants were:

• Dwarf Runner Beans (Phaseolus coccineus)
• Kale (Brassica oleraca Acephala Group)
• French Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)
• Courgette (Cucurbita pepo)
• Cabbage (Brassica oleraca Capitata Group)

Other jobs carried out were to hand harvest the best potatoes that were ready and left the small ones alone. All this was done by feeling around in the soil around the base of the plant this is a good tip as the rest of the potatoes will continue to grow so you can get a better yield from the plant. And also waging war on the mare’s tail (Equisetum arvense) which is an ongoing war!


Cash Boost for Digging Deeside


Flintshire has benefited from a cash injection thanks to an environmental grant scheme from Keep Wales Tidy and Tesco.

Digging_Deeside_KWP (7)Volunteers from Digging Deeside were thrilled to hear they’d been successful in applying for an All Wales Grant of £500 which they then used to buy hand tools, seed trays, watering cans, compost, safety equipment and a small stove to refresh thirsty volunteers.

Community groups, schools and charitable organisations across Wales were asked to apply to the All Wales Grant Scheme from November 2014, with grants of £100 – £500 available to help them with their very own green initiatives.

Run by environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy and funded by Tesco’s single use carrier bag charge, the aim of the All Wales Grant Scheme is to assist communities across Wales in real environmental actions, both financially and practically, to help improve their local environment.

As part of their environmental project, Digging Deeside offers an informal outdoor drop in to members of the community who want to get together, socialise, maintain the community gardens and learn new skills. RainbowBiz have secured a raised bed style community allotment at Connah’s Quay Community Allotments for the project. Digging Deeside is a new project which is volunteer run and facilitated by project leaders from RainbowBiz. The project was created as a green outdoor activity to promote healthy lifestyles and well being by learning to grow vegetables and herbs in a safe social environment. Over the last few weeks the volunteers have cleared the allotment area of weeds and planted new vegetables and fruit, which are now blooming! Digging Deeside has now started to help the current volunteers to maintain the Quayscape Community Gardens, so these new tools and equipment will DiggingDeeside_teabreakbe very welcome as we have a large space to maintain. It is hoped that in the future months more volunteers will join the project, as many hands make light work. Digging Deeside has already had some very generous donations from members of the community and local Council. Councillor Eric Faulkner very kindly made a purpose built potting bench for the project after a discussion with project leaders about difficulties that some of the volunteers have with mobility. This will enable wheelchair users to be able to pot plant seedlings comfortably and independently plant these on in the raised bed allotment plot.

The project is still in need of a small lockable wooden shed to keep some basic equipment on site for those volunteers who like to visit the project on a daily basis. If you are able to help the project with any donations, please contact digging@rainbowbiz.org.uk or call 07759 753 473.

DiggingDeeside_KWTgrant (3)Darren Cook, volunteer from Digging Deeside said, “I really enjoyed shopping with Sue and Sarah in various shopping stores in Deeside and Chester for the grant equipment. Digging Deeside is a project for all of the local people of any age or abilities. Meeting or working on the Community Gardens is good for everybody and everything, our nature and our local area. For myself personally it helps me when I chat with other people and make new friends. Also it’s very healthy both mentally and physically, because working with nature is good for my mind and chatting with people and making new friends and looking after and maintaining nature is good for my heart. Being involved with Digging Deeside is very healthy too, especially on a nice day, breathing in fresh air is good for you and the sunshine makes you happy. Keep Wales Tidy were very kind and generous in giving RainbowBiz a grant enabling them to purchase many more things so that hopefully we can accommodate more volunteers with the necessary tools for jobs on the garden or the allotments.”

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive of Keep Wales Tidy, said: “I am delighted that so many groups and environmental projects across Wales have benefitted from a financial boost thanks to the All Wales Grants Scheme. It’s vital that we all do our bit to care for our local environment and through the scheme, local people across Wales have been able to get the support, resources and expert advice they need to carry out their environmental improvement projects. Keep Wales Tidy would like to thank Tesco customers for their support with the single use carrier bag donation, resulting in a successful All Wales Grant Scheme.”

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For more information on the All Wales Grant Scheme, please e-mail grants@keepwalestidy.org or visit the website www.keepwalestidy.org. The grant scheme was the first project to be launched thanks to a partnership between Keep Wales Tidy and Tesco, after 27,000 Tesco customers took part in a vote to choose Keep Wales Tidy as the charity to benefit from Tesco’s carrier bag charge in Wales from 1 st October 2014.

Digging Deeside Launch

RainbowBiz launch “Digging Deeside”

RainbowBiz_DiggingDeeside_FirstDay (59)sA Flintshire based Social Enterprise RainbowBiz recently launched their latest community project called “Digging Deeside”.  RainbowBiz have secured a raised bed style community allotment at Connah’s Quay Community Allotments.  “Digging Deeside” is a new project which will be group run by volunteers and facilitated by project leaders.  The project was created as a green outdoor activity to promote healthy lifestyles by learning to grow vegetables and herbs in a safe social environment.

Project Leader Sarah Way said “We will particularly welcome individuals who are at risk of isolation in the community as this project will be a safe place to meet new friends.  Anyone is welcome to join us at the Connah’s Quay Community Allotments (located behind the Job Centre).  We meet every Wednesday between 10am and 12noon.  Activities include planting, researching plants, making plant supports, perennial plant and herb planting, composting, recycling and making new friends.”

Once the allotment has been planted out for the first season, volunteers will be encouraged to maintain the plot, water plants and eventually harvest vegetables when ready.  It is hoped that some of the produce can be entered into our local “Fruit and Vegetable Show” at the end of August.

RainbowBiz Director Sue Oliver told us “We are extremely grateful to Connah’s Quay Town Council who have supported RainbowBiz during the setup of this project and we are looking forward to working with them on many other community based events.”

Connah’s Quay Town Council Clerk, Ian Jones said “The Town Council is delighted that ’Digging Deeside’ has been so popular and the results at the allotment site speaks volumes for this innovative community based scheme. With modern day pressures and stress it is important that people find time to relax with a hobby or pastime that they enjoy.

RainbowBiz_DiggingDeeside_FirstDay (36)sGardening is a British way of life and this project not only provides a hobby with the prospect of success when the produce is grown, it also provides good community spirit and social interaction. We hope some produce will be entered into the Flower Fruit and Vegetable Show being held in the Civic Hall on 29 August.”

Next door to the allotment plot there is a community garden which requires some maintenance throughout the year, volunteers will be encouraged to help maintain the garden for the benefit of the community.  This will bring a sense of ownership and pride to the volunteers as they will see it as a beautiful green space they have helped to create for local people to enjoy.  Digging Deeside are also looking for skilled volunteers to help build an accessible work space area for people with different abilities to use.  The project also welcomes donations of unwanted tools, gloves, seeds, plants and are specifically looking for a greenhouse and shed.  Please contact RainbowBiz who co-ordinate this project on 07759 753 473 or email digging@rainbowbiz.org.uk

11125412_10206815796173725_4741649586087759058_oJill Blandford, Volunteer Co-ordinator said “Step Up, Step Out is a supported volunteering project, run by Flintshire Mind and Flintshire Local Voluntary Council. We go out every Tuesday as a group and sample a whole variety of volunteering opportunities throughout the country. Individuals gain confidence to then continue to get involved in local projects themselves. It has been great fun being part of Digging Deeside from the outset, helping prepare the raised bed and start planting. Individuals can get involved as much or as little as suits them. There is opportunity to skills share, but most importantly to relax in a beautiful spot and have fun. The community allotment is like an oasis of calm in an urban environment.”

To find out more information you can follow all of the latest updates on Facebook www.facebook.com/diggingdeeside  Twitter @DiggingDeeside or Email digging@rainbowbiz.org.uk