Greening St Marks
Festival Stoke artists Anne and Rachel have been commissioned to deliver activities with the as part of the 'Under One Roof' project*, which is working alongside local community groups to renovate St Marks Church in Shelton, and extend its community use.
The project will run on Fridays from the beginning of March to September 2022 to benefit from the growing season. Sessions will include sowing, planting and care of vegetable plants that will be harvested and shared with participating groups and monthly communal meals (outside when possible).
In addition to the gardening activities there will also be creative activities such as making paper pots for seed sowing, creating bug houses, creating bird feeders, creating signage, looking at ideas and recipes for cooking from produce etd.
There will be plenty of opportunities for people to take produce, creations and inspirational ideas home.
*Under One Roof project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Hanley Park Volunteers Give a Helping Hand
It's been great to have some of the enthusiastic gardening volunteers from Hanley Park helping us with the planters at St Marks in Shelton. We're 'Greening St Marks' as part of the Under One Roof project. It's looking lovely!
Local School Children get Planting
Artists Anne and Rachel led a session in late May with children from the local school.
The year 1s and year 5s brought across the pots they planted up with seeds a few weeks ago …carrots, lettuces, spinach and herbs, planting them out into the planters that form the community garden and also planted some potatoes and tomatoes.
They made signage and some fabulous windmills so we can start site vibing the garden.
It was a very busy but fun afternoon!
In August 2021 Festival Stoke worked with St Marks community to create a temporary entrance whilst initial maintenance work took place. We think the doors, designed by artist Lisa, looked rather beautiful.