It’s National Gardening Week, 26 April – 2 May

Be at one with nature and get yourself some green fingers.  Over the last year, we’ve come to rely on our gardens and green spaces more than ever.  Many of us have rediscovered the importance of connecting with nature for our mental and physical wellbeing and for National Gardening Week in 2021, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are celebrating the feel-good power of plants and gardens, highlighting the scientific links between gardening and wellbeing and sharing easy tips.

For lots more tips, advice and to find out how gardening activities can boost your personal wellbeing, visit the RHS website.

How to garden without a garden in North Halifax
If you don’t have a garden but would still like to cultivate those green fingers, the Gardeners World website has 10 tips on how to garden without a garden. You can also sign up to the Gardeners World email bulletin for a daily dose of gardening inspiration. The Paddock in Ovenden is a community garden, get in touch with Joan and Lynne and get growing with them, or just go along and have a chat.
There are self-managed and council owned allotments or options to grow on council land. The Todmorden’s Incredible Edible and RHS community garden sites have lots of hints and inspiration and explains the benefits of community gardening for both people and places. If you’re a Together Housing resident you can even win prizes in their Garden Competition.

Grow your own veg
There’s something magical about growing your own vegetables; it’s rewarding, healthy and fun and it’s also cheap, good quality and there’s zero food miles.  Why not have a go and see what you can produce this year either in your garden, in hanging baskets or on your windowsill.  Have a look at this beginners guide to get you started.


Crafts with Dan – Plastic Bottle Piggy Planter

In the UK over 35.8 million bottles are consumed each day and sadly, a staggering 16 million of these fail to reach plastic recycling facilities.
As part of a North Halifax Partnership project around recycling and the environment our Ward Link Worker Dan Marham is here to share some creative ways to make use of one of the largest contributors to plastic pollution…. Single use plastic bottles!

We hope you enjoy the first installment of Crafts with Dan!

Have a go at making your own plastic bottle planters and send us your photos via Facebook messenger at Halifax North & East or Tweet your pictures @hxnorthandeast

Watch the video below and don’t forget to subscribe ready for the next crafts video!


Staying Well in Boothtown – Community Open Day

Meet groups, try some taster sessions, and tell us what you want to see more of such as exercise, crafts, coffee mornings, gardening and much more at the Staying Well Boothtown Community Open Day.

Thursday 30 March 2017 – 10am to 2pm
At Boothtown Methodist Church, Boothtown Road, HX3 6EU

Call Andrew Mitchell on 01422 356365 for further details or just turn up on the day


Become a member of the Ovenden Food Growing Project

The Ovenden Food Growing Project is looking for new members to join a very successful and friendly gardening group and are now sowing Autumn salads and vegetables.

No experience necessary, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

The site is open Mondays and Thursdays from 10am to 3pm and on the first Saturday of the month from 12 to 2pm.

To get involved email for more details or just turn up to a session.

Due to current land works at 3 ways, access to the grow site is via Meadow Dale Medical Centre car park on Nursery Lane.

Network and Learn with FREE Gardening Sessions

If you’re interested in allotment growing and would like to join a group where you can learn to plan your plot and more about growing your own fruit and veg then why not go along and get involved in the following practical sessions.

Wednesday 23 March – 1pm to 4pm
First meeting and Seed Swap (Take your spare seeds to swap)

Wednesday 20 April – 1pm to 4pm
Plot planning and Seed Sowing

Both sessions will be held at The Outback, Jubilee Children’s Centre, Lightowler Road, HX1 5NB – For information call 07929 291249

Funding available for community gardens / food growing projects

Short of funds for your community project?..Groundwork are working with Tescos & the 5p carrier bag charge, to administer a fund for communities to apply for up to £12k!

Money raised by Tesco customers from the 5p bag charge will be used for grants to improve green spaces in communities. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include creating pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.

The community grant scheme will support around 2,500 community green space projects each year with between £8,000 and £12,000.

Click here to find out more about applying for a grant

New Allotment Group with Healthy Minds

Healthy Minds now have a full size plot at the Pye Nest Allotment in Sowerby Bridge, anyone can attend who has an interest in: –

  • Improving and maintaining their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • Meeting new people in a friendly and safe environment
  • Learning more about the benefits of growing (and eating) a variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs

The group meet at the site every Monday 1pm to 3pm – Directions

No previous allotment experience or knowledge is needed, just come along and see what there is to get involved in. Some of the tasks might include:-

  • Planting
  • General maintenance of the site
  • Bed/plot design
  • Contribute ideas for seasonal crops
  • Or you could become a volunteer

For more information ring Nicola on 01422 345154 or 07985 750592 or email