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Grantham Green - 2018 Season




We were successful in obtaining a grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery last year to fund the work of the Grantham Green Growers for a year as well as providing additional wild flower turves, a bench and a stumpery.


The stumpery has arrived although it is still behind the barriers to allow the young plants to get established, more news on that in future issues. 


The Active Citizens inspecting the ornamental shrub beds at Grantham Green. The Active Citizens inspecting the ornamental shrub beds at Grantham Green.



Our project at Grantham Green is starting to take shape.


We are working alongside Eastleigh Borough Council to improve the park environment for the benefit of all residents and users.



Apologies to Grantham Green workers:


We had to change the April dates for Grantham green work after the newsletter went out. The work dates are 6 and 20 April, then 11 and 25 May. Sorry if you missed the session on 6 April because you did not know it was on.


Grantham Green daffodils 2018 (Thanks to Mark Ellison for the use of his photo)



You will remember that there was a mass bulb planting exercise at Grantham Green last November.


The results of this effort are now showing. The daffodils are in the foreground with the crocus just visible behind. Why not visit the site to admire the flowers?

Spring is nearly with us!


We are looking forward to starting our fortnightly maintenance sessions on the crescent border at Grantham Green.


For the first of our sessions, we will be laying down some bark chippings around the shrubs to help keep the moisture in and hopefully keep the weeds down too.


You are welcome to join us if you are interested in becoming part of our team.



2017 - our first year...


Grantham Green news – Bulb Planting event

Friday and Saturday, 24 and 25 November at Grantham Green


Come and help us make Grantham Green a riot of colour in the spring. Maria Dowding and others will be on hand to show you what to do.


Tools and bulbs are provided. Just dress appropriately (warm clothes and good footwear) and be prepared to do a bit of work. We will all reap the benefits next spring!

Bulb planting from 10.00 to 13.00 each day.

Grantham Green Growers is a  new service started in July 2017 following the transformation of the site over the previous eight months. People with learning disabilities who enjoy gardening will be working on maintaining the shrubs at Grantham Green every two weeks or so, throughout the year.


In 2016 members of Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP were asked about their usage of Grantham Green, they responded that they used it but preferred Eastleigh Recreation Ground because there were more places to sit, more interesting planting and better bio-diversity. These responses were included in Eastleigh Borough Council’s transformation plan and as a result ornamental shrubs, wildflower turf and additional benches have been provided. People with learning disabilities are also going to be involved in maintaining the ornamental beds and have a watching brief over the wild flower turf.


We are recruiting local volunteers to work with our members in this endeavour. This is a great opportunity to meet people with learning disabilities and to enjoy working alongside them in the fresh air. Our horticultural Co-ordinator, Maria will be teaching skills, so this could be a way of enhancing your gardening knowledge.



Stalls at Grantham Green Open Day 2017 Our stalls at Grantham Green Open Day

Volunteers wanted... help us maintain the ornamental shrubs at Grantham Green. Members of Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP society will be maintaining the shrubs throughout the year.


We are looking for local volunteers to work alongside us. No horticultural knowledge needed, just an interest in people, ability to work as part of a team and a desire to learn. Work will take place on Friday mornings 10 -12.


DBS required.

Grantham Green Growers Grantham Green Growers in action!
Grantham Green Growers Maria Dowding and Mark Ellison looking at the planting plans for Grantham Green
Grantham Green Growers Bulb Planting event at Grantham Green
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