A site to behold

If you were a member of the networking group Women in Newark, you may remember some years back an evening spent surrounded by beautiful blooms on a 1.5 acre eco site just up the road near Southwell.

A unique social enterprise run by local charity Reach Learning Disability,  the original Flower Pod still continues to offer people with learning disabilities the opportunity to enrich their lives through horticulture by taking part in activities which help them gain vital skills for a more independent life in the community.

Now there’s a new Flower Pod in town – right here in Newark, covering a whole 2.5 acres this time – and its development manager Christine Daniels will be on Girls Around Town next weekend to tell you all about what’s in store there…

Christine will be on the phone to June from just after 11.20am to explain more about the charity’s aims and activities and how she and the team are currently working to make Flower Pod Newark much more than just a place to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers.

“We go into the garden for lots of reasons of course,” she says. “We go there looking for peace and tranquillity too and we’re planning to run a variety of courses, including perhaps a yoga class or two.

“My aspirations for this garden are huge – we already have two ponds and an orchard but with running water and a better building on the site, I feel the sky would be the limit.”

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday to hear more from Christine.

And in the meantime, for a sneak peak at this exciting new venture for Newark and Reach take a look at this short video…


Everything’s coming up roses…

outdoor_plants_wide1The Girls Around Town will be taking a look at all things garden-related on this Saturday’s show, in the company of their guests Paul Taylor and Anna Joyce.

First up from just after 11am, Paul from Reg Taylor’s Garden Centre in Southwell will be sharing his hints and tips for getting the best out of your garden in the summer months ahead.

Find out what to plant when and how to keep your displays looking their beautiful best – which in June‘s case probably means staying on top of the weeding!

flower pod bouquetThen Anna will be joining the girls from 12 noon, to talk about progress over at The Flower Pod which is also in Southwell.

Part of the charity Reach, that supports over 150 adults with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire, they’re celebrating a major award won recently in a national competition run by The English Garden Magazine. Anna will be talking about the exciting new project the award will be helping to fund and explaining how listeners can help support the charity by buying some of their home-grown blooms.

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 1pm on Saturday as June, Tina and Sue get the low-down on all things floral…


Share the love this Saturday

With Valentine’s Day looming, here’s a way to spread a little love, not just to your partner but to a local charity too…

Flower Pod Southwell and Gannets Café in Newark have joined forces to help you do just that, with beautiful bouquets and handmade crafts that make perfect gifts for next Saturday.

Pop into the café on Castlegate to check out some of the items on display and get your order in to make somebody’s Valentine’s Day extra special. And if you don’t have a Valentine, who’s to say you can’t just treat yourself instead?!

Around 30 volunteers from the charity have been busy making pretty little keepsakes, with handmade picture frames, rustic wreaths and hearts made from string and raffia, leaves, willow, poplar, dogwood, birch and bramble all available to buy.

And if you’re looking for a more traditional token of your affection, Flower Pod will have a limited number of sustainably produced British bouquets available to order this week. Priced £20, £25 and £30, they can be collected from the Southwell site or the Reach office, delivered locally or posted for an extra £12 (Thursday or Friday delivery) or £17 (Saturday delivery).

All proceeds will go to help the work of Reach (formerly known as The Southwell Care Project), a registered charity that supports over 150 adults with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire by running courses, social activities and projects to help people get the life they want in their own community.

For more details and orders, call 01636 819066 or contact Fiona on 07976 722627 / 01636 918271.