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Friday 26th Nov

We continued to mulch the beds in the garden with farmyard manure and netted the rest of the brassicas against the pigeons.

We planted 3 rows of garlic (French, purple Germinador), split the head into cloves and planted 1″ deep 4″ apart – garlic is a hungry crop and needs fertile soil. Also, an extensive wild snap to make to head divide into cloves.

NB: never use garlic from the supermarket, it would introduce viruses into your soil and will be imported from China so won’t be suitable for our climate.

We dug up a huge harvest of Jerusalem artichokes –  not to everyone’s taste! And replanted some tubers for next year.

We also finished off clearing the bed full of strawberries and have lots of spare plants going for free – just call into the studio and ask or they will be composted!

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Featuring the famous wrapping of the William IV pub, the second in a series of retrospective blogs on past Art in the Park projects.

In 2007, Art in the Park was commissioned by Creation Trust to ‘wrap’ the derelict William IV pub.

This mammoth task involved a team of AiP artists, Bill Hudson, Tim Norris, Andrea Sinclair and Jill Newman, as well as collaborative effort from 3 local schools in the borough (Michael Faraday, Walworth Academy, Surrey Square Infants School).

The Concept and Construction

A jungle theme was decided upon and Bill and Tim went ahead to receive training on operating cherry pickers and Hilti guns (nail guns). The arctic camouflage, appropriately named ‘Camo Net’ was used to wrap the pub itself and came fire proofed from a specialist camouflage manufacturer. The artic camouflage is not actually used by those in the artic but it worked well for this project’s theme.

Artist Bill Hudson, the project’s coordinator explains,

The Arctic Camouflage highlights the details of a disused building thatwas one of the last pubs near Burgess Park. Usually Camouflage is used to hide or conceal something but Art in the Park is hoping to draw attention to a building which people would usually blank out because of its dilapidated state.

An Enchanted Forest theme was also used. Andrea and Jill headed workshops with local school children to develop the theme. The resulting artwork had been attached to the hoardings surrounding the building.

Drama!

The project had its ups and down, one occuring during the first few days of construction, with the Facelift cherry pickers breaking down midway! Artist Tim Norris found himself hovering several metres up unable to move! Luckily, Bill Hudson remembered the instructions given for such an incident and managed to rescue Tim. What drama!

Completion

All in all the project tooks two weeks to put up, with 1 1/2 of it on the actual wrapping and the rest spent on the artwork surrounding the building.

The result has transformed a derelict building into a local talking point. Artist and education workshop co-ordinator Andrea Sinclair, said,

We are reminding passers-by of its location in a rare green oasis in this part of London and giving a suggestion of its green and environmentally aware future.

Later in the summer, children from Michael Faraday School came to create further artwork for the building, working with a ‘dancers in trees’ theme.

For complete set of pictures of the project.

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Another update from the Heart Gardeners!

Friday 19th Nov

We netted the  brassicas (sprouting broccoli and kale) with bird proof netting because the pigeons get very hungry at this time of year.

We spread a thin layer of manure over the soil and we will leave that for the worms to decompose.

We try not to dig in our raised beds as they are full of compost, manure and organic matter, it is better not to dig. If we were gardening on clay straight into the ground we could dig.

We planted a wisteria Iko Yama Fuji which we will scramble up the front entrance of the studio  and trail over our copper canopy.

We also planted tulips and violas in the same box. We have been planting indoors also. Hyacinths and daffodils for Xmas box. We have left them outside at the moment. We watered them and will water occasionally if there is no rain.

We also planted more daffodil bulbs in all the containers.

We planted up some strawberry runners  from the parent plants outside and made a metal hairpin shape to secure them so that they root down and don’t rise up above the surface of the soil.

Friday 12th Nov

We harvested turnips and we cleared out 2 large concrete planters , planted some mixed Cornish daffodils (good nectar source for bees) and topped up with some home made compost.

We cut the hops down to dry to use the greenery for Xmas wreaths. They smell lovely.

 

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Get festive this coming Saturday 4th Dec with your own custom made christmas decorations for tree and door. Our Christmas decoration and wreath making workshop will use a variety of natural and recycled materials.

This is part of Chumleigh Cafe’s new tree dressing and announcement of their new cafe name, the day will see Councillor Veronica Ward (Cabinet member for Culture, Leisure, Sports and the Olympics) unveiling the winner of the cafe naming competition as well as choir singing, mulled wine and mince pies! What else do you need?

These events will take place in Chumleigh Gardens, Burgess Park with the workshop taking place in our studio.

For more information, see our website for details.

(click on image to download the flyer)

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Winter is swiftly coming upon us, with a predicted 3 inches of snow to welcome some parts of the UK! How lovely…

Art in the Park have already taken some measures to combat this chilly coming winter months with not only heaters, fresh brew of tea and coffees but also a variety of winter plants and vegetables. Here are just some of those we have planted so far:

The Miner’s lettuce, or botanically known as the Claytonia perfoliata or ‘Spring Beauty'(whichever improves your mood this season).

Don’t like parsley? Try the Japanese parsley which we’ve also  never had before. It’ll be interesting to try to say the least!

Traditional lamb cress, yum yum!

Some corn salad to go with your…corn salad! Yes, we know that’s quite lame…

Look forward to what else we can whip up this snowy (fingers crossed) winter.

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It’s the second day and the Christmas tree planter that AiP artist Bill Hudson is working on is nearly complete.

The timber  used is tanalised (dipped in a chemical to preserve the wood for longer) and is possibly spruce or pine.

With only finishing touches such as sanding and possibly staining left.  When completed, the planter is expected to carry the weight of a five metre Christmas tree, adorned with many twinkles and trinkets. We can’t wait to see that!

Part of my recycled label “Remake/ Remodel” , my current project involves restoring a jilted doll house which I found in a skip during Halloween. Spooky!

I will be turning this doll house into a haunted “House of Ghosts and Dusts.”

So far, I have prepared various materials such as netted spiders (which will go on the roof) Have started lining the door flap of the doll house with piping to prevent interior lights from escaping.

Other features that the house already has is it’s own minature lighting switchboard and other small pieces of furniture such as the toilet and couch.