Spring Orchard Project-Session two

Second Album Syndrome.

After such a great start last week we were worried that our second session wouldn’t live up to expectations. We are pleased to say we were wrong. There was lots more work on the pathway, on  especially Hope Corner. All being well we can start on our plan to improve the drainage and accessibility there next week.

The ladies of SoH set to with a worrying amount of pleasure in removing the old corrugated iron cladding from the shed. This old pumping station will be re clad in timber and will provide a wildlife hide, providing a great vantage point to watch the Brook.


Work started on turning over the ground for the wildflower meadow, and our creative director decided to add a twist in the centre- a reservoir of nesting materials for birds, which will also provide shelter for beneficial insects.

Finally we headed back to the glasshouse for a session of separating and potting up some Oregano for use in the raised beds.

Spring Orchard Project- Session one

Tuesday 15th March 2016

What a lovely day we had to start the Spring Orchard Project.
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After months of planning time to get stuck in clearing and cleaning down at Cannington Community Orchard.

Then back to the walled gardens to sow wildflower seeds for planting out in the orchard later.


Silver Medal!

Seed of Hope has bagged a share of a £11.5million carrier bag charge fund
We are delighted to announce we have bagged £10,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.
Eight million shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Seed of Hope has been awarded £10,000.

The results have been announced and we will now begin work on bringing our project to life. Our Spring Orchard project will revitalise and expand Cannington Community Orchard, and provide opportunity for up to 12 local people with experience of mental health problems to be part of Seed of Hope.

Kris Scotting, Co founder said “This is a fantsatic opportunity, and we are very grateful to the people who voted for us. The money will be spent in the orchard for the benefit of the whole community”.

Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant. We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life.”

Voting ran in store from 27 February until 6 March – with customers choosing which group they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.
Tesco estimated that around eight million votes were cast in stores across the UK.

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
“We have been delighted to have been involved in the Bags of Help project.It has been wonderful to follow the projects through the application process to the final announcement. This is money which will go directly back into the communities up and down the country creating places to meet people, be active, play or simply relax. This initiative is really putting something back into the local environment, transforming greenspaces and helping the community at a grass-roots level.”

Bags of Help

We are delighted to announce that our Spring Orchard Project has been generously funded by the Tesco-Bags of Help initiative!

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.

We were one of three projects chosen from 5,000 applications! So it’s a real endorsement of the value and impact of Seed of Hope, we are looking forward to delivering on that promise and producing something special in Cannington Community Orchard for all of Cannington to enjoy.

Keep an eye on our website and Twitter feed for details of how to vote from the 27th Feb.
We assume we don’t need to tell you who to vote for 🙂

To find out more about the initiative please visit the Tesco site-


To find out more about Groundwork-


Christmas Gift Sale

On Thursday 10th December the lovely HNC Horticulture students from the college are putting on a sale in aid of Seed of Hope.


We are raising funds for our spring orchard project, in Cannington Community Orchard.

The plan is revamp part of the orchard that is a bit overgrown and in need of some TLC. We want to put in a path, some planting and some art describing Recovery and the triumphs and challenges of experiencing mental distress.

We want to fund twelve people from across Sedgemoor with a variety of experiences of mental distress, to experience the benefits of Seed of Hope.

On sale we will have a variety of Christmas gift ideas including hand-made oak platters, plants, and of course Seeds of Hope.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Seed of Hope on BBC Radio Somerset

Kelly Withers of BBC Radio joined us at Seed of Hope last week to find out more about what we do. She interviewed Fay, Jayne and myself, and Emma Britton very kindly gave us extensive coverage on her show.

Kelly Withers interviews Jayne Alcock
Kelly Withers interviews Jayne Alcock

Click here to hear us on the BBC website

We are at the following time references-

32:26 – 33:15

64:10 – 68:06

92:18 – 93:00

111:43 – 115:46



In the words of Terry Wogan “I’ve got the face for radio”

The Autistic Gardener

We really enjoyed the first episode of this programme this evening. Seeing the transformative power of horticulture on the people and places involved was a real treat.

The downside was I wanted to get stuck in with them! Looking forward to more.

And in case you missed it here’s the link to the show on all 4.

The Walled Gardens of Cannington Summer Fair

It’s a beautiful day here in the walled gardens. Lots of people enjoying the sunshine, music, children’s entertainers and of course the gardens!! We’ve nearly sold out of Seeds of Hope as well!

Also lots of interest in the Time to Change messages and materials that we brought.

Have a look at the Walled Gardens Facebook page to see more And see if you can spot us, here’s a clue- there’s a purple shirt involved.