Planting Week (all ages) 25-29 May 2015

A late spring working week for all ages when we explore the themes of growth, the interconnectedness of life and sustainability alongside work in the Community’s organic vegetable gardens.

What garden work we undertake will depend on the weather, our individual energy levels, skills and interests. We welcome people with all levels of skill, experience and there is also scope for those who may have mobility issues.

On-going projects include:

  • Weeding areas already planted (hoeing and earthing-up)
  • Planting out seedlings from the greenhouse
  • Harvesting from the polytunnel
  • Maintaining compost bins and raised beds
  • Care of the forest garden
  • Mowing lawns around the house and camping areas
  • Keeping the woodland paths open

Each day join us in our daily meeting for worship. Then, starting with a gentle stretching and warm-up session we will be doing a morning’s work in the garden. After lunch there will be time for walks, play, creative projects, continuing with the work, or rest.

After supper sessions will reflect the particular interests of the group. Please bring your suggestions. In previous years these have included: exploring themes of growth, the interconnectedness of life, and sustainability, giving and/or receiving a hand or foot massage, singing our hearts out, and doing puzzles or playing games. These will be followed by Community epilogue.

At the Community we all take our turn at preparing meals, washing up and other tasks and we hope, depending on the weather, to be able to finish with a celebratory bonfire on the last night to warm us as we eat our supper, sing songs, tell stories, read poems and reflect on the week.

Please bring working/weather-proof clothes and boots, and indoor shoes or slippers. We provide all bedding and towels. We do have a certain amount of wet weather clothing, overalls, welly boots and gardening gloves, but for comfort it is best to bring your own gear including hat. A torch can also be useful. It can get midgey on the land in the afternoons so insect repellent is a must, plus anti histamine cream/pills if you are allergy prone.

Charges reflect that this is a working retreat and are on a sliding scale from £150 – £100 for the 4 days.  You are welcome to arrive at any time from 2pm on the Monday, and we will finish with lunch on the Friday. You are also warmly invited to stay on for the weekend, which is one of our monthly Work and Worship weekends, at a cost of £40.


Quaker Community, Water Lane, Bamford S33 0DA            01433 650 085