The hilly village of Gunnislake benefits from its position in the fruitful Tamar Valley. There are plenty of productive and beautiful gardens, often good healthy soil and plenty of both rainfall and sunshine. Now enough interested gardeners are about to start a gardening club in 2021. From a straw poll on the Gunnislake Community Matters Facebook page, about fifty people gave their thumbs up.
The village already has a good gardening pedigree with a number of gardening initiatives like the Orchard Community Garden and the colourful planters in the centre of the village. Plus St Anne’s Church Community Memorial Garden, Friends of Gunnislake Station (who keep the borders in order) and several wildlife projects. There’s the annual St Luke’s Open Gardens too plus the regular GCM plant stall. The newly-opened Tamar Valley Garden Nursery and Newbridge Plants as well as all the occasional roadside stalls in the area are all signs of a popular healthy activity.
As there now seems to be a safer way through the recent troubles, a small group of keen gardeners has planned the first meeting of Gunnislake Gardening Club – for the first Tuesday in September, 7th September. Chair, Carol Green, said, “We hope the introductory meeting, at 7 p.m. in the Church Hall in Calstock Road, will be fairly informal with a chance to meet each other, swop future club ideas, plants and seeds, plant identification and general sharing of gardening experiences by members and local speakers. Future monthly meetings will hopefully include a speaker and garden trips. We’d really welcome ideas for the programme.”
To cover hall and speaker costs, £2 will be payable on the door plus a donation towards refreshments. The club will come under the banner of GCM with the advantages of insurance cover and banking system.
Carol emphasised that everyone is welcome. She continued, “Whether you’d like to learn about gardening, offer your help in the village projects or have been digging for years and are happy to share your enthusiasm. Bring along your questions, success stories and help to start this new club for people keen to get their hands in the soil.”
If you need any more information, please contact: Carol Green 07977 486915.