Aith Gun

Aith Gun
Breezy Isles, Shetland

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Although we have been complaining about the rain, it seems to be doing some good for the Penwortham Pumpkin Patch. The vegetables are in competition with each other. The potatoes will soon be ready, we have already been sampling the fresh peas and strawberries, they just keep coming.

The compost bins are now working for us, the rain harvesting is working too well, if anyone has a 1cubic metre cube for liquids we will be interested.

There is now an army of folk who come along, our plans are now to put in some sort of seating and we will be holding more events. There will now be folk there on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday eveinings as well as the normal working parties. Check for further details.

Penwortham Town Council have a community orchard and we will be helping them to develop a soft fruit patch amongst other things.

There is talk about starting up the food bank in Penwortham again, I cannot think of anything better than fresh fruit and veg to help folk along.

I have had talks with Mr Paul Pells of Penwortham Holme Allotments about getting involved in some of their projects and them helping out with ours. We spoke about the allotment providing flowering plants to spruce up the Kingsfold shopping area and providing seedlings and advice and some practical help to the Pumpkin Patch, PTC and anyone else who may require it.

Community Coppicing. There are plans for another group to be started in Leyland. We can cut up to 10 cubed metres of wood, some folk come and help because they have wood burners, we do need to keep some by to sell which will help in paying for insurance and training. If you are interested in taking part let me know. We are also looking for somewhere where we can store up to 40 cubic metres of wood for seasoning (40 large builders bags). They do not have to be in one place.

Cardboard for compost heaps. If you want some old egg boxes let me know. A kind local business man has offered some to us. They are ideal for composting as egg boxes are generally the last use for recycled cardboard as the fibres become too short, but break down really well.

The Penwortham Pumpkin Patch took part in the Penwortham Open Gardens this year, a very encouraging turn out. We supplied plants and refreshments for free, just asked for donations, so a big thank you to those who donated.

I have been talking to The Kay Holmes Trust about a memorial garden for Katy, I am sure many of you will be aware of the Katy Holmes Trust .
We will develop an interactive garden, one with information boards and some fruiting plants, food for life will be the theme. Talks are in their youth still but we have South Ribble Borough Council and Penwortham Town Council on board. So, watch this space.

As out plants reach for the skies, the work seems never to be done. We are already planning next year and learning from what we have done this year. Be sure that it will be much better.

If you want any further information, please contact me, my web site has a contact FORM HERE

Many thanks for reading and we hope to see you at one of our events.

Cllr. Keith Martin


  1. All looking good!

  2. Tasting good as well. We were allocated £6,000 for this sort of thing, it has been nearly a year and we have not needed it. Still working with other grants, shows that we are a sustained project. It is great fun. There is a growing group in Shetland as well.
    I will be in Aberdeen Saturday night for a wedding, up in October maybe for the grand opening.