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An introduction to straw bale gardening

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Beckenham Place Park

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BR3 1SY

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Learn what a straw bale garden is, how to set one up, and which produce grows well in such an environment. Straw bale gardening is highly suited to urban gardening as you plant directly into barley bales so do not need access to soil. The size of the garden is easily varied, and more bales can be added over time. The typical lifespan of a barley bale is two growing seasons, after which the decomposing barley can be dug into the ground as a fertiliser. Over time, the bales decompose from the inside out, creating wonderful habitats for insects, invertebrates and amphibians such as toads. The bales slightly raise the height at which the gardening takes place, improving accessibility for children and those who find gardening at ground level difficult. You’ll leave the workshop ready and inspired to setup your own straw bale garden for the following growing season.

Trainer - Lucy Mitchell

Lucy Mitchell is the Community Engagement Officer for Beckenham Place Park. She took over a large straw bale garden in the park in early 2018 and oversaw a bountiful second growing season, working alongside a team of 9 dedicated volunteers. Lucy and the volunteers were blown away by the productivity of the straw bales and will be creating a new straw bale garden for edible produce in Spring 2019. Lucy is a qualified secondary Geography teacher, currently working part time in a sixth form college in East London, and is experienced at delivering outdoor education.

If you have any mobility requirements, please contact capitalgrowth@sustainweb.org before booking to discuss your particular needs.

To see our full training programme please visit our Capital Growth training page.

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