Artist, Richard Redwin is building a bespoke shed using upcycled materials at Plot 33. Richard was the artist who created the wonderful Essences recycled head sculptures that brightened the town of Stoke during the Covid lockdowns of 2020-2021. As well as being distinctive it will have very practical eco elements including a compost loo (wees only!) and will incorporate an outdoor kitchen area, a green roof and vertical growing walls, to name a few features Not forgetting that it will also, of course, be a work of art. Sooooo exciting. Fingers crossed it will be finished by the spring.
It's 12 months since artists Rachel and Anne took on the allotment at Richmond Street allotments; what a transformation there has been over the year. They've welcomed the Wonder Women and other friends to help in the work of planting, nurturing and harvesting lovely fruit and vegetables, and got creative with some wonderful art activities too during that time.
"We have had so many highlights - from the frosty January 2021 mornings drinking coffee in the greenhouse together watching the world go by, through to sitting in the sunshine sharing freshly picked salads with the Wonder Women. One of our favourite things has been to successfully growing loofahs on the plot - we produced 3 of these intriguing sun loving fruits that we plan to use in a little social enterprise project."
Looking ahead to the next 12 months:
"So here we are at the end of January 2022 beginning to plan our next year.
Our new artist- built shed (by Richard Redwin) is on its way and will be inviting more people onto Plot 33 to enjoy planting, growing, harvesting and eating together.
We also have plans to extend our activity from the allotment into the community."
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