Transition Town Faversham

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Abbey Physic Community Garden Open Day

One of our friends, the Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham, are having an Open Day on Saturday the 30th of June 11am – 3pm.

Join them for:

  • Wood fired pizzas,
  • Handmade crafts,
  • Plant sale, Seasonal produce,
  • Pond dipping, Gardening activities and More…..

Go and get inspired

Sounds like a good day out to us!

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A Morning with the Elders

Early June is the best time to collect Elderflowers to make a delightfully English beverage: Elderflower Cordial.

Elderflowers with their distinctive clusters of tiny creamy- white flowers line the hedgerows of country lanes and churchyards  alike in the month of June. They are best picked on a sunny day in the morning, and never when wet from rain. Sniff the blooms first to see if they are freshly and sweetly perfumed and remove any creepy-crawlies. If the blooms are marvellous, pick 20-25 heads to make the following recipe for 2 Litres of Cordial (courtesy of the River Cottage archives).

Ingredients

  • About 20-25 elderflower heads
  • Finely grated zest of 3 unwaxed lemons and 1 orange, plus their juice (about 150ml in total)
  • 1kg sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp citric acid (optional, if you want the Cordial to keep for longer than a few weeks – Citric Acid can be found in brewing shops or in Wilkinson’s)

Place the flower heads in a large bowl together with the orange and lemon zest. Bring 1.5 litres water to the boil and pour over the elderflowers and citrus zest. Cover and leave overnight to infuse.

Strain the liquid through a piece of muslin and pour into a saucepan. Add the sugar, the lemon and orange juice and the citric acid (if using).

Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then bring to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes.

Use a funnel to pour the hot syrup into sterilised bottles. Seal the bottles

Serve the cordial, diluted with ice-cold water or lemonade, as a summer refresher, or mix with sparkling wine or Champagne for a tipple.

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Secret Gardens

The Secret Gardens event will take place in Faversham over the weekend of 16th and 17th June. This is a once a year chance to wander through 25 gardens and allotments within the local community, not normally open to the public. It’s a fantastic opportunity to glean ideas and to see which plants and produce are particularly successful in the area.

Helen and Gary’s garden at number 9 Abbots Road is the Transition Town flagship permaculture garden and is a must for anyone wishing to see permaculture in action (Open on Sunday the 17th only). Helen will be offering refreshments including home baked cookies using eggs from the resident hens. Why don’t you go and have a look and see if you can pick up some hints and tips?!

Admission to all 25 gardens by brochure is £5.00 per person. Brochures are available from: The Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre, 10-13 Preston Street, Faversham 01795 534542 ticfaversham@btconnect.com

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