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2022 Annual General Meeting - Chair Person's Report By Karen Dalton Monday 10th January 2022.

Welcome everyone to the Long Eaton Community Garden Annual General Meeting and thank you for coming.



I would like to start by saying a big thank you to the Steering Group and our volunteers for all their hard work and support in 2021.


The Steering Group have met 4 times over the year and the volunteers have continued with their twice weekly sessions on Monday and Thursday mornings. We've had a great year.


In 2021 the garden was used by various community groups including the Scouts, the Long Eaton Natural History Society, several Young Adults doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Rockabillies Choir who came for 6 weeks on summer evenings and had a brilliant time performing outside as well as entertaining the other allotment holders.



We've also hosted several birthday parties. All these activities have led to some much needed donations for the garden.


The Forest School held two sessions per week throughout the year and they have donated too.


For the first time we made up a number of hanging baskets which sold well and again raised some money for the Garden. We will be doing more of these in the coming year.



We were very proud to once again be a first prize winner in the Erewash in Bloom competition, this time sharing the award with Borrowash in Bloom.



Some of the photographs taken in the garden over the year are featured in the 2022 Rotary Club of Long Eaton calendar.



We are currently bidding to East Midlands Airport for funding to provide a cover over the Forest School area to enable the garden to be used more no matter what the weather is like. If the bid is successful we will have light and power across the whole garden which would be a tremendous improvement.


We have recently taken over another small allotment at the back of the cabin and we plan to put up a small shed and a couple of benches for volunteers or allotment holders to use. We are intending to plant fruit trees and bushes around the edges of the area. Visitors are always welcome at the Garden, if you'd like to come along just have a chat this morning, message us on social media or just drop in on a Monday or Thursday morning. We look forward to seeing you.

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