Stay Well and Garden
Keep on gardening!
A lot has happened since the beginning of March and we hope you are keeping well. Gardening during the Coronavirus lockdown and social distancing measures is a great way to keep body and soul together, so information and links discovered during our weekly online chat sessions about how to keep gardening are posted on this page. It is a work in progress, so please contact the Trellis Information Service to suggest resources you'd find useful.
Encouraging news of ongoing gardening support e.g.:
Whether you're gardening indoors or out, in your own garden or at work in a care setting, hospital or garden project there's lots of ideas and inspiration here:
New Trellis Blog from sweet peas to soup mix - experiments in growing, recipes and adaptable activities for all ages and abilities. As well as images of nature to calm and soothe you. If you'd like more links to nature try the Ninewells Community Garden blog
Download Trellis Activity & Factsheets - hours of gardening activities for all seasons
Share your gardening questions and experiences - join in our online weekly Coffee & Chat - 1st Wednesday every month 10:30- 11:30
Keeping in touch with your group
Keeping in touch with your gardening group is fun, reduces social isolation and is crucial, if you are to organise rotas to attend a communal garden space safely.
Many groups already use email and Facebook as a means of communication.
Whats App's 'broadcast lists' - allow easy messaging to multiple people
For lots of gardening activity ideas to send out or download see our NEW Lucky Bag page
and of course, our Trellis Factsheets page
Contribute to real world science from your garden
Take part in a citizen science project, e.g.
Naturehood: Community Wildlife Project Help transform urban gardens and greenspaces to suport nature - surveys, events, connecting with your local community
Hogwatch Scotland Hedgehog watch from home; making your garden hedgehog friendly; how to feed; report your hedgehog sitings
Plantlife Every Flower Counts Use your lawn to attract pollinators and increase the biodiversity of your garden.
Plans and risk assessments
Gardening projects are taking practical steps to minimise the risk of virus spread. Differing physical layouts and client need, require creative management e.g. one project has fastened its gates open, as they were identified as being the one place everyone touched. Common steps include: use a rota system to admit two people at a time, use daily exercise quota to garden, observe social distancing measures in the garden. Here are a few examples of protocols in use:
General protocols and best practice based on UK Government guidance and Trellis network suggestions 07/05/2020
Gardening in an allotment in a community garden protocol - Thanks to a community garden in the Borders for making this available to share
A community garden protocol - Thanks to a community garden in the East of Scotland for sharing this.
Example of a Garden Information Notice - Thanks to an Edinburgh care project for this one
Escape Allotment, Norfolk - presently 20 clients a week gardening
National Allotment Society - information on managing allotment spaces
Managing forced garden neglect through lockdown - Garden Organic's suggestions as to how to manage a plot if you can't get to it at all.
Useful posters / info to download
Gardening group management
SCVO Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub and newsletter sign-up - Information and useful links on third sector/coronavirus in Scotland
Many organisations are also considering delivering their services differently, perhaps using digital technology. For an overview and useful links to new models of service delivery see the SCVO New Service Delivery web page
A framework for developing your charity - free to use from Charity Excellence https://www.charityexcellence.co.uk/
Coronavirus information, help and guidelines
SCVO Community Assistance Directory Find and offer help in your local community. Including new national helpline for those without family /other support
Feeling Strong - Sign-up for food & self care parcels for those in isolation, chatlines and lots of selfcare and mental wellbeing support