A Path way to success

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It’s been four weeks since we were handed the keys to this place and its mysteries are slowly being revealed. Strange fences emerging from the sea of thistle, a sign post that doesn’t point anywhere and the jobs board with echoes of a ship lost on the oceans.

Captain’s log. Last entry, March 2012.

It can be a spooky place but we are slowly making it a home.

The weirdest thing though is the paths. Laid out carefully in red brick sets and, I might add, with some significant skill some have a definite purpose. Access for the disabled to the raised beds that have become Doncaster’s main tourist attraction we dubbed “the chive Lawn”. Access to the rear of the polytunnel and greenhouse. Vitally important for moving stock and equipment in and out.

What’s not so clear are the ones that seem to lead nowhere useful. The spur that lead…

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The Gathering

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With very Short notice we At Bentley Urban farm invite you to our first annual Gathering!!

This is the weekend Saturday the 24th of September we will be driving, walking, riding and generally meandering around Bentley and the Doncaster area as a whole identifying, adopting, learning about the apple trees we find and gathering all the apples we can. We will also be giving a variety of talks along the way about various methods of caring for those trees we adopt and what we can all do to preserve them.

We will be charging £10 to cover our educators time, a light lunch, though we will probably just go to the chippy! and to put some cash in the coffers so we can offer even more excellent adventures !!

Click or tap the link below for the poster.

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#ILoveDN I also love @RightUpRStreet’s DAY OF THE DEAD :-)

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The Rooted team had a great time in Hexthorpe Park this weekend, where we were taking part in Right Up Our Street‘s DAY OF THE DEAD event.

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We set up the wonderful PixieWorks Yurt and decorated it with skulls made from reclaimed fabric (a massive thank you to everyone who helped to make these… especially Rachel who didn’t sleep for a week with all that sowing!).

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Inside the Yurt we had lantern-making and face painting…

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Outside Joie Carruthers created a shrine which included some of our planters…

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…which local Shaman, Suzanne Wass, blessed with her drumming…

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There was drumming too from the wonderful Luther King…

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Luther and his friends also played live music for the crowds ahead of the night-time, lantern-lit procession to The Dell. More about this (and more photos…) will follow in a future post 🙂

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Rooted: Banner Making & Planting Workshop

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Snail Girl We might be gardeners, but we still love snails 😉

We had a fun day today at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery

In preparation for the Rooted ‘Harvest Moon Festival’ later in the year we planted up some more planters…

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Including Thomas’s ‘Tea Pot’…

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…Jessic’a ‘Wellie’…

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…and a whole host of other fun things…

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As well as getting our hands dirty planting…

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…we also started to stitch the Rooted banner…

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We used fabric & buttons…

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…and everyone got stuck in…

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…except John, who got stuck making flat-pack furniture…

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…which will become a planter during a future workshop.

It wasn’t long before the banner took shape…

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But if you want to see the finished article you’ll have to pop down and see us at Pride on Saturday in Sir Nigel Gresley Square…

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We won’t be hard to miss as we’ll be the ones with a big green yurt!

Until then…

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Rooted – August

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Dear Doncasterians and Doncolites,

We are very proud to be working on a new visual arts and growing project called “Rooted”.

We’re working alongside Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery to create an edible garden (mainly from reclaimed upcycled materials) know as ‘The Junkle’.

We’ve already had donations of junk from local businesses. If you have anything laying around waiting to go to landfill, please let us know. We’ll save your waste and turn it into glorious functional planters.
A big thank you to Richard (or ‘Mr Papacassi’) of Papacass’s Kitchen for saving over 20 catering cans from the landfill.

We are working hard to secure permission to expand the project so that we can take over the patch of land between The Point and the Musuem know Arts Park (although, so far, not much ‘art’ happens there – we hope to change this!). We believe Doncasterians need more green spaces…

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