These tomatoes are now ready to be planted out!
SusWoT will be selling tomato plants at 50p each at the Westbury Fair on Saturday. We will be in the Doctors Car Park. The Fair is open from 11 am until 3:30 pm. Varieties available include Sungold (the sweet cherry tomato), alicante, shirley and tumbler for hanging baskets. Despite the weather our plants are ready to be planted out. We will also have jars of tomato feed. All plants are suitable for outdoor growing although shirley does prefer life inside.
We will have our usual apple juice available.
We will also have some seeds available in sensible quantities at 50p per packet. Seeds include borlotti, runner, french climbing beans, coriander, basil, beetroot, squash, and pumpkin.
SusWoT had a successful litter pick on Sunday 29 April, part of the plan to have a targeted litter pick every last Sunday of the month. We are also looking at having an evening pick in the week. If you want to help email us.
Di and Sam(right) part of the team that removed 18 bags of rubbish from Sheepwood.
Four sacks of rubbish were also collected from around the Library and Canford lane adjacent to Canford Park and the footpath between Canford Lane and Henbury Road. There was not enough time to tackle Home Ground and its surroundings.
The next litter pick will be on Sunday 27 May.
On Saturday 11 people managed to pot up all the tomatoes, over 1000.
Those not shown above were sifting garden compost!
It is planned to use these plants to encourage people to grow their own by selling them at 50p a go at various events in Westbury-on-Trym.
This Saturday 21 April we need to pot these:
We have about 800 tomato plants. We are starting at 1pm on Saturday in Abbey Road and hope to finish by 5pm. We also need about 200 more pots. If you have 10cm (3 1/2 inch) pots that is ideal we don’t lreally want ones much larger than that.
If you can help please contact Alex at SusWoT email email@example.com
SusWoT held a first trial litter pick in March. Eight people took part and collected about
12 bags of rubbish. For our first go at this we decided to tackle the footpaths of Westbury-on-Trym. Hopefully they will look a bit better for a few months,
Bristol Waste have the contract for keeping Bristol Clean and have provided great support. They lent us all the equipment we needed and collected the bagged waste and recycling from around the village.
We plan to have litter pick on the last Sunday of every month. if you want to help email SusWoT.
SusWoT have linked up with a local organisation called CHEESE. http://www.cheeseproject.co.uk/
CHEESE will make a video showing the heat loss, using thermal imaging cameras, in your home and give advice on how to improve things.
Mike Andrews of CHEESE came to our Christmas drinks at the Victoria and briefly explained what CHEESE did. Mike Crabbe and Alex Dunn from SusWoT met Mike to discuss how SusWoT and CHEESE could work together to help people in Westbury on Trym save energy and hence money.
The first stage of this collaboration will be two open meetings at the Victoria, Chock Lane on Thursday 23 February and Thursday 2 March at 8pm. You are invited to come to either or both of these meetings.
At the meeting on 23 February Mike Andrews and a colleague will be showing off the equipment they use to show where properties lose heat and explaining how the survey process works. There is a link to a video of this process below.
At the meeting on 2 March SusWoT will explain to SusWotters how the process survey works and discuss how SusWoT can promote the surveys and develop a plan for energy saving work to be organised. Mike Andrews wont be at this meeting but we hope a representative of CHEESE will be there.
At both meetings you will be able to sign up for a survey. You can also sign up to have the survey through the Cheese website .
Cheese would like to sign up 10 people to have a survey on their home. These surveys need to take place before Easter 2017, as after that it will be too warm to do a survey effectively. So far one person from the Christmas meeting has already booked a survey.
Video of the Survey Process: (Password is cheese)
This video is quite old 2015 and more modern kit is being used now, but it does give an excellent idea of how the survey works.
I think this project offers us a great opportunity to help Westbury households reduce their energy consumption so saving money in a practical doable way.
If you are unable to come to the meetings you can signup for a survey here.
We aim to help local people start to grow their own. We have been doing this since 2011. We try to get people started by providing plants that are ready to be grown on. We started with tomatoes about 1500 of them! And have since moved on to about a dozen different vegetables.
WHAT WE OFFER
In 2016 we expect to offer the follwoing plants:
- Tomatoes various varieties
- Beans, french, runner, borlotti
- Squash, butternut
- Herbs, coriander, parsley and others
And the following seeds:
- Luttuce, various
- beans as above and broad
The abaove seeds and plants can be used to enter the Village Show in September.
CAN YOU HELP?
If you would like to help with this project please be in touch. If you have a greenhouse and could spare a little space that would be fantastic.
The first seeds were sown on 16 February, about 200 tomato seeds.
The first are starting to germinate! When they are about 10cm high these plants will be transplanted to their own little pots.