The Greening Fulflood newsletter from September 2015:

Jam Making

The summer seems to have sped past and we are back into harvesting and preserving.

Today we made some gorgeous blackcurrant jam and a huge batch of blackberry and apple jam. It seems like it might be an abundant year for all fruit.
 

The next jamming date Sunday 27th September, 2-5pm at 11 Fordington Avenue. All welcome and no experience required!

Update on the Fruiting Hedgerows

The fruiting hedgerow planted at Western CofE Primary School in March is thriving - thank you to Veolia for their kind donation of Pro Grow, which we used to mulch the hedge in May.
 
We are still working with the council to find a new home for the fruiting hedgerow and trees which we had hoped to plant on the Poets Estate. A suitable site has been found elsewhere in Winchester and fingers crossed we will have good news to report on this in the next couple of weeks. Planting will take place in February 2016.
 
Since we last updated the website we have been busy working with Incredible Edible Winchester on the four beautiful planters at the station. The planters were designed and made for us by Perlins Community Project and we have filled them with edible plants - herbs, vegetables and fruit.  Have a look at the photos on Incredible Edible's facebook page.
 
The planter outside Leaf and Bean has been prolific this year with radishes early in the summer, parsley, thyme, strawberries, rocket, salad and latterly some lovely marigolds. People are starting to help themselves to herbs and leaves from this which is fab and we even hear that some of the salad leaves may have made their way into a Leaf & Bean sandwich or two. We will plant this up for winter in a couple of weeks.

Jam, Jelly & Chutney for Sale

The larder is filling up with different varieties. So far we have available to buy:

Crab apple jelly
Blackcurrant jam
Blackberry & apple jam
Plum jam
Rhubarb marmalade
Spiced plum chutney

All priced at £2.50 per jar. Contact us if you would like to buy some.

Or come and visit us at our stall at the Harvest Festival in the Cathedral Green on Sunday 4th October. This was very successful last year and we hope to sell lots of jam again. As well as wares for sale, we will have fruit activities for children including making apple pigs and apple prints.

How can you join in?

If you are overwhelmed with fruit, nuts or even veg, please contact us, we will happily come and pick anything you don't want and make it into jam, jelly, or chutney, which we will sell later in the year. Last year we raised £480 from jam, jelly and chutney sales (which was donated to Winchester Churches Nightshelter and SWVG) and we would like to reach this sort of amount again.
 
Please do get in touch if you like the sound of what we are doing and would like to help, have more fruit than you can manage, have clean jam jars with lids, or if you would like to join us for a jamming session. Contact Eleanor or Sarah.

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