Fun in the tropical garden of Knowle

July 27 2018
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THE SUMMER fair at Redcatch Community Garden on July 15 attracted a big crowd, keen to sample the home-grown produce and arts, crafts and food stalls.

 

Juliet Gilchrist and her Refresh covers for food, made of beeswax

 

Rachel Heaton paints The Rock... on a rock

Toby, 3 & Martin Perkins,

Knowle’s own little garden paradise

THE SUMMER fair at Redcatch Community Garden on July 15 attracted a big crowd, keen to sample the home-grown produce and arts, crafts and food stalls. Head gardener Steve Griffiths and volunteers have transformed the former bowling green with fruit trees, vegetable beds and polytunnels. In one tunnel is a huge squash plant looking like it belongs in the tropics. “Someone gave me the seed from Italy and said it will flower but it won’t fruit”, said Steve. They were wrong! Steve is pictured with the massive plant, which is close to taking over one of the polytunnels. Also pictured is Toby Perkins, 3, who had his face painted as Batman, with dad Martin. Bringing along her eco-friendly food covers was Juliet Gilchrist. She takes leftover scraps of material and coates them in a beeswax preparation of her own devising. The material then holds itself tightly around any container – a more sustainable alternative to clingfilm. The covers, called Refresh, are on sale in Fox & West, Wells Road, Totterdown. Also showing of her creativity was Rachel Heaton, who led a class in rock painting. Who better than to paint a portrait of on her large pebble than ... The Rock?