Banner-making in progress – still time to join in

See the progress so far, on the Planet South Bank contribution to the Dress to Impress banner-making for adorning the City walls when the Tour de France comes by (photos: Belinda Gillett):

montage of photos of people making a 5 by 1 metre banner

5 metres of banner-making, all in one go!

We’re carrying on today, Sunday afternoon, 2pm onwards to about 4.30pm – e-mail if you’d like to come along. No artistic experience needed!

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Banner-making for the Tour de France: like to come and lend a hand?

You may have heard of the plan to create banners to decorate the City walls for the Tour de France – Dress to Impress.

The banners are being made by local community groups, clubs and  organisations; and Planet South Bank has signed up to make its own banner.

We wondered if any Planet South Bank supporters would like to help design and paint the banner? We’ll be doing the making this Saturday 31 May, 4-7pm, at a venue near the Bishopthorpe Road shops.

No artistic expertise required, just enthusiasm! All materials provided.

If you’d like to be involved, please e-mail us and we’ll be back in touch to confirm the arrangements.

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Summertime gardening

The community garden at St Clements Church, known as the The Nose for its triangular shape, was assessed yesterday for renewal of the Green Flag award – fingers crossed!

Everyone is welcome to discover the joys of fruit and vegetable planting and harvesting at The Nose. We run regular sessions two Sunday afternoons every month – e-mail for more information.

In the meantime, here’s a montage (with thanks to Belinda Gillett) of photos of The Nose earlier this week, as South Bank nears the end of Spring and enters the start of Summer this year.


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J’adore Bishy Rue: Street Party details – and seeking volunteer stewards

Planet South Bank has received the following message from Graham Meiklejohn – e-mail if you’d like to be a Steward on the day.
“The Bishopthorpe Street Traders Association are getting ready  preparation of the next Bishy Road Street Party.
This will be held on Sunday 6 July.  The street party will commence immediately after the Tour de France Grand Depart has passed Bishopthorpe Road around midday.  The party will continue until 1900.
We are currently seeking Stewards for the event.  We would prefer people who would be available for the duration of the event but are open to all offers of support.
As the city will be the focus of global attention for the Grand Depart, all Stewards for the Street Party will receive a day of training provided by the City of York Council.  This will be along the lines of the training provided for the Games Makers at the Olympic Games.  We welcome the support the Council has made to facilitating this training.  This will be to a certified level which will be recognised by other event organisers.
If you would you like to volunteer for this role please reply to this e-mail and we will be in contact shortly with further details.  If you have any queries please let me know and I will be pleased to respond to then.
We hope you will be able to join us for another great community day on Bishopthorpe Road.
Kind regards,
Graham “
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Wilja look at us!

Summer 2013

Summer 2013

Wilja being the name of the potatoes we’ve just planted …

Two new Nose gardeners, Luiza and Celia, joined us yesterday to be initiated into the ‘ways of the garden’, also known as emptying a large and smelly compost bin, and burying the contents to feed the worms and boost the soil. They seemed to quite enjoy it – they are definitely our kind of people!

We will be on the plot as a group every second Sunday of the month (eg the next one is May 11th) from about 2pm. Do come along and help out – there’s always plenty to do, and we have tools and seeds for all to get involved. We’ll also be there at other, less predictable times, when we have a spare moment, so if you see us, come and say hello.

The Nose is a completely open site, and we rely on our friends and neighbours to keep an eye on the plot; if you see anything untoward happening on the site, let us know.

Let’s hope for another fantastic summer, with bumper crops!!

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Trees at Terrys

There is a residents’ petition to protect the trees at the Terry’s factory site.

The campaign is led by South Bank resident Tina Fowler, who became concerned by after the felling of some trees by the developers. At the time of writing her petition had gathered nearly 1,200 signatures – clearly she’s not alone in wanting the Council to keep a careful eye on the work at Terrys.

See the article in The Press. If you want to sign the petition, please e-mail us and we’ll put you in touch with Tina.

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Open Garden at The Nose, 21 – 22 September

The Nose is always open: you’re welcome to look around, pull up a weed or two, and of course help yourself to a fair share of what’s available for picking. Radishes available at the moment!, in our new Salad Bed.

This weekend, we’re especially open! From 2 – 4pm this Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be there to give you a tour, help you get started if you want to learn more about planting and growing, and to introduce you to some of the folk who keep The Nose going.

Maybe you’re already interested – looked over the railings a couple of times, but not made contact yet? Here’s your chance; we look forward to welcoming you.

The Nose is next to St Clements church, on Scarcroft Road.

While we’re online, we can’t help but share with you some of the judges’ feedback when they re-awarded us the Green Flag earlier this year. “Very welcoming … friendly appearance … it is hard to think of a way in which [the garden] could be used more effectively or positively to serve the needs of the community”.

We hope you agree; and even though the judges find it hard to think of better things we could do, we’re thinking about what we do next on The Nose. Cookery classes? A course in vegetable planting and harvesting? Plant identification sessions? Got an idea? Let us know!

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