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Lincolnshire Show 2014

Lincolnshire Show 2014

Lincolnshire Master Gardeners had a great time talking about growing to the many visitors to this years show.

We were delighted to be invited to have a stand in the Lincolnshire County Council Public Health tent, showing the fantastic range of public health services on offer in the county. We were also lucky to share the stand with enthusiastic Lincoln community garden volunteers from Green Synergy.

Across the two busy days we spoke to hundreds of people about the joys and health benefits of growing your own, answering questions from people thinking of starting, new growers and experienced gardeners. We were asked about composting, pests – slugs mainly! – and diseases, with lots of questions about fruit trees.

Master Gardeners entertained and informed many people over the two days with an Identify the Seeds test featuring pumpkin, broad bean, cabbage and carrot seeds – the latter two causing the most confusion! Green Synergy excelled at promoting the community growing projects in Lincoln city whilst encouraging people to take home grass heads that the public made at the stand.

The outside growing space created in collaboration with Green Synergy demonstrated what could be achieved in a small space on a small budget, ideal for a post-modern interpretation of the Council’s Dig for Victory theme!

It was encouraging to hear how many people are growing their own food, and for a whole host of reasons – health, wealth and happiness being the major themes. The feedback to the programmes aims and the Council funding was really positive with everyone we spoke to.

Master Gardener Hannah talks people through the Identify the Seeds test!

Master Gardeners Steve and Hannah talked a continuous stream of interested people

Advice – what we do best

Steve talking with people taking a rest at our little garden!


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