It may not have been the best weather for a Spring Gardening Event, but despite the drifts, lots of people put on their snow boots and ventured out from near and far, to this exciting new event, held on Saturday 23rd March 2013!

The event aimed to encourage people to come along and share their gardening expertise – or come and learn more about growing their own food – with the intention of more of us enjoying all the benefits of ‘growing our own’ (and then sharing our gardening adventures later on in September, at the Derrington Local Food Festival!).  There were Children’s Workshops, a Gardeners’ Question Time, lots of opportunities to get hands mucky, seeds to plant and flowers to pot on.

There were displays, lots of gardening give-aways, plus fabulous and ever popular W.I. cakes, teas and coffees.

The quiz/raffle included lots of gardening and food related prizes, with a super first prize of a hamper of local produce donated by Sheena Davis and won by Sue Paling.  Other exciting prizes included: a super book on wildlife, a £10 Wilkinson’s voucher, a gorgeous W.I. chocolate cake, 5 bags of bark chipping, 3 bags of horse manure, a children’s growing kit (well, you know what I mean).  Thanks to all those who donated prizes!

We encouraged everyone who came along to return later in the year for the 5th annual Local Food Festival, Derrington Village Hall, with samples of their produce, great or small!

Thanks to support for this event from B&Q (Stafford), Garden King (Bradley) and Wilkinson (Stafford), Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Staffordshire County Council, Communities Mean Business LEADER funding and Stafford Borough Council; Anne Gunning from the Royal Horticultural Society, John Gale from Cotonfields Allotments and Rob Hine from Sustainability Matters; as well as groups in and around Derrington, Cooper Perry Primary School and All Saints Ranton.

The Spring Gardening Event and the Derrington Local Food Festival are organized by Derrington Way Ahead and supported by Stafford Borough Council as part of its commitment to sustainable development and the promotion of more sustainable lifestyles. Contact Karen on 01785 619408 for info!