Over the weekend of May 18 and 19, we welcomed at least 20 volunteers to create 2 big raised beds for food growing on the corner of Golborne Road and Southam Street. We spoke to many neighbours and gathered over 40 emails of local people interested in helping out over the coming seasons. We shifted 3 tonnes of compost, 2 tonnes of leaf mould, 2 tonnes of rubble into the beds made from 16 old scaffolding planks and 40 very long screws, creating 8.5sq metres of food growing space where we planted 15 different types of vegetables. Everyone’s loving it, and by the end of May we have radish, kale, spinach, peas and okra germinated (even though the manure was not well rotted and the beds thoroughly dried out in the first week – eek). And the beans are still alive having been planted out and having their tops pinched. Happy days!