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donkey friend -https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/opening-times

Little Donkey doo’s mulch help ..

They say what goes around comes around, well its certainly true for two local charities.

With 10 acres of ground and over 600 species of plants, it takes a lot of compost to keep our soil healthy and productive. So we are really pleased to be working in partnership with the Donkey Sanctuary in nearby Sutton Coldfield.

Naturally, the donkeys produce a lot of poo… on a daily basis. With limited space on site the Sanctuary needs places where they can ‘recycle’ the recycled donkey food. As well as some very lucky allotment holders, Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens are thrilled to be able make good use of lots of donkey  ‘soil improver’.

Normally we add the fresh, straw laden donkey-doo to our compost heap to rot down into nutrient rich earth to use on the vegetable beds or in potting compost.  At this time of year it can go directly onto some of our Wilderness beds to act as a ‘mulch’; keeping in the warmth, suppressing any weeds that feel like poking their heads above the ground and, eventually, improving the structure of the soil.

Today, volunteers Jack, Roy and John kept themselves warm raking and spreading the new delivery from the Donkey Sanctuary. Thanks folks …. and donkeys  #wegrowtogether

Find out how to visit our donkey friends here The Donkey Sanctuary opening times

 

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Growing the conversation

Social Media Surgeries: As part of our Heritage Lottery Funded programme to become a more self sustaining charity, we are getting to know our neighbours a bit better.

The Gardens are, people often say, a ‘hidden gem’  and a ‘secret treasure’. That is one of our strengths; a green , quiet and peaceful lacuna within an intensely industrialised landscape. Being a bit hidden away and surrounded by gates and walls can nevertheless be a bit forbidding to many. We’ve been working hard to let people know we are here and that,  in fact, we quite like having guests sharing the place.

As well as running more activities and events, for adults and children, we are also inviting our community neighbours, local charities, groups and venues to get into conversation with us. After all, it is people that have always made this great Garden charity work.

We have been working with a group called Podnosh to run Social Media Surgeries. No, its nothing to do with a doctors surgery, they’re hassle free and relaxed sessions where ‘active citizens’ can talk to each other and learn from each other about getting their messages out there and growing their networks…using digital and internet-y things.

Our next surgery is Monday 7th November, from 5- 6.30pm, and we have more starting monthly in February. Our slogan is #wegrowtogether , if you are a local group, charity or are involved in a campaign or social cause, come along, learn, share start the conversation – we’d love to hear.

Podnosh were recently interviewed by a group called Ethos – here is Nick Booth explaining eloquently, why social media surgeries work.

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