Chineham Park organised a Seed-to-Plate event for its park occupiers this week. Held over lunchtime to allow people to attend during their break, and organised by award-winning landscape gardeners, Nurture Landscapes, the four 30 minutes sessions were well attended.
“Chineham Park is promoting well-being across the park, sponsoring a local running club and organising free talks from local physiotherapists, so we wanted to extend this initiative to healthy food too and arranged our first ever Seed-to-Plate event,” explains Wendy Scott, Customer Manager at Chineham Park, “We made sure the sessions were suitable for beginners and more experienced gardeners, cooks and food-lovers who want to develop their skills in organic, sustainable gardening and provided all the materials required.”
Participants learnt how to prepare the best conditions for planting vegetables, how to plant and then care for their seedlings, including being given detailed advice on watering and where to store the plants. Stephen Packham, the contracts manager for Nurture Landscapes, also explained how to transfer the seedlings, giving expert advice on when and where to put the young plants into the garden to get the best produce.
The feedback was extremely positive, and attendees enjoyed participating in a different activity at lunchtime, instead of sitting at their desk.
All the surplus equipment, soil and seeds were donated to the onsite nursery, Bright Horizons, for the children to use to kick start their own kitchen garden project.
The Seed-to-Plate event is just one of several participatory customer events held at Chineham Park over the year, with a packed calendar including pumpkin carving, Christmas wreath creating and the monthly Street Food Fridays throughout the summer.