It’s been an interesting and challenging year at the Prinknash Abbey walled garden. Our team of volunteers worked hard over the winter to get the plot ready fPrinknash 1or cultivation, with the expectation of providing veg for the cooks to turn into great meals in the café for visitors to enjoy. Prinknash 2

The pandemic had other ideas, and with the lockdown in March we were suddenly confronted with a closed café, no visitors, and no volunteers – but lots of plants to plant and ground to cover! 

Fortunately it was possible for Seb, the Project Officer to continue to keep things ticking over, thanks to the support of the Monastery Café. The work over the winter wasn’t completely wasted, and much of the ground was utilised for growing. Harvests were shared between staff able to carry on working at the site, people living on the Prinknash estate and the monks themselves.

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As lockdown restrictions were eased in the early summer, one volunteer could join me each week on a rota system, and individual volunteers popped in on other days to tend the crops. It also allowed the completion of fencing around one long bed, which has provided much-needed protection of crPrinknash 3ops from hungry rabbits and deer.

A year on from the last newsletter, we’re now almost back to full numbers, with five volunteers able to join me on a Wednesday. The garden is looking great and we’re supplying veg for the café to make a lovely daily soup as they gradually expand their offering to the visitors, of which there are good numbers again. 

Most recently we took delivery of a huge pile of mushroom compost (courtesy of a donation from one of our wonderful volunteers), and spent a very soggy day moving it to the beds. As a result we can tuck all the beds in to rest over the winter. Hopefully next year will bring better fortune for all involved.

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