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Norwich City Council have been working in partnership with City College Norwich for well over 10 years supplying compost, pots, plug plants and seeds that are grown on by learning difficulty students into mature plants mainly for civic plantings on highways, housing and parks and gardens but also for community led plantings.

In 2018 through Norwich City Council's Enabling Team a pilot project called "Growing Communities Partnerships" was set up and successfully ran for one year, more community groups have been invited to Get Involved in 2019.

 

PURPOSE OF THE PARTNERSHIPS and NETWORK:

  1. Provide an opportunity and enable City College Norwich Students to grow plants in their living classroom (greenhouses), learn at real life locations about horticulture, social interaction and value.

  2. Provide plants for floral and sustainable displays of horticultural excellence to attract visitors and trade to the City of Norwich and benefit residents through living landscapes giving a feeling of well being.

  3. Provide plants for natural and bio diverse landscapes, that help supply a food source for native insects and wildlife and habitat.

  4. Provide an opportunity for community groups and volunteers to support and Get Involved in a city wide initiative to produce cost effective plants for their groups to use in local neighbourhoods plantings.

  5. Be of mutual benefit to all partners’ economic, educational, awareness, well being and social value.

City College Grown Sustainable Perennial Display

Cattle Market Street - Norwich 30th May 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Sponsored Barford Van Hire "Bloomobile" Mini Bus

City College Norwich Greenhouses 30th May 2018

Growing Communities Partners Select Seed

23rd January 2018

Growing Communities Partners with Seed Packets

31st January 2018

     

Floranova Donated Geranium Seedlings

City College Norwich 31st January 2018

THE INITIATIVE:

Invite partner groups and volunteers with knowledge and facilities to sow seed at their own homes in seed and module plug trays and grow on seedlings until they are large enough to handle and ready to transport to City College Norwich for the plug plants to be potted and grown on to maturity by City College Norwich students.

Once the plants are fully grown partner groups can have up to one third of the plants they grew from seed plus a share of other plants grown by other partners and City College Norwich students.

 

THE PILOT PARTNER GROUPS 2018:

Lakenham & Town Close Green Spaces

Heavenly Gardens

St. Stephens Church

City Hall Volunteers

TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) Lakenham

Friends of Norwich in Bloom

     

Geraniums in Module and Seed Trays

City College Norwich 4th April 2018

John Attoe Watering Erigeron Profusion Seedlings

City College Norwich 31st January 2018

Jo and Reg Chiddick In Their Home Greenhouse

Growing Perennial Seedlings 20th May 2018

     

TYPES OF PLANTS GROWN FROM SEED:

A selection of plants used in Civic and Community plantings across Norwich:

 

1. Summer Bedding and Basket Plants

2. Autumn Bedding and Basket Plants

3. Herbaceous Perennials

4. Native Wildflowers

5. Possible Hanging Basket/Pot Tomato Plants For Schools

6. Herbs in particular those attracting beneficial insects including Borage, Chives and Marjoram

Verbena Venosa Seedlings - City College 4th April 2018

     

MATERIALS REQUIRED:

Seeds – Supplied by Norwich City Council (But groups were welcome to purchase their own)

Many Seeds were kindly donated by Floranova.

Plug Plants - Friends of Norwich in Bloom purchased 2,000 perennials from two national suppliers.

Compost – Supplied by Norwich City Council.

Plug Module Trays, Seed Trays and Pots – Supplied by Norwich City Council.

50 Seed Trays and 2 pallets of compost kindly donated by Notcutts

Fertilisers

Gloves

Tools – Shovels, Wheelbarrow and Dibbers

Hosepipes, Watering Cans and fine roses

Geranium and Marigold Production

City College Norwich 30th May 2018

     

John Attoe Shows Geranium's Ready To Plant

City College Norwich 6th June 2018

City College Geraniums and Verbena in Notcutts Maintained

Flower Bed - Ipswich Road Norwich 15th August 2018

City College Students Grow and Help Plant Up Displays

The Assembly House Norwich 29th August 2018

     

Jo and Reg Chiddick With Amberol Barrels

Planted Up Using City College Grown Plants

St. Stephens Church - Norwich 18th July 2018

2018 PROGRAMME:

 

January – Partners meet up at City College Greenhouses on a Wednesday afternoon to be briefed, receive seeds, seed trays and bag of Durston seed compost.

 

February – Sowing of seed started depending on types of seeds grown and conditions required.

 

April – If successful seeds sown will be mature enough to handle and potted on at City College.

 

June – Summer Bedding & Basket plants ready for collection for civic and community plantings.

 

June – Sowing of seed started depending on types of seeds grown and conditions required.

 

September – If successful seeds sown will be mature enough to handle and potted on at City College.

 

October – Autumn Bedding & Basket plants ready for collection for civic and community plantings.

 

City College Norwich also sowed many annual seeds including 5,000 Geraniums Horizon Scarlet, over 1,000 Geraniums were distributed by Friends of Norwich in Bloom and Notcutts to Norwich Sheltered Housing Schemes.     

 

City College Norwich has strong links with Hockering Nursery who also supported the initiative. 

     

         

Spring Planted City College Grown Sustainable Perennials in St. Stephens Church Flower Beds 29th August 2018

Growing Partners Grew Over 2,000 Plants 5th September 2018

     

City College Students Mixing Compost

City College Norwich 12th September 2018

Tutor Fiona teaches Hope how to pot up plants

City College Norwich 12th September 2018

John Attoe Explains About Seeds and Seed Sowing

 To City College Students 31st October 2018

     

PLANTING PROJECTS USING CITY COLLEGE GROWN PLANTS 2018:

Assembly House – Norwich Bed and Planters

Beaumont Place

Castle Bridge Planters

City Hall Flower Borders

Civic Plantings (Various Highways, Parks and Gardens)

Cranworth Gardens

Community Requests through NCC Enabling Team

Eagle Walk Play Area

Globe Place

Golden Ball Street (Norwich Norse Environmental)

Heavenly Gardens (Various Churchyards)

Jubilee Park

Lakenham and Town Close Green Space Areas

Regina Road

Rupert Street

Southwell Road

St. Stephens Church

St. Peter Mancroft Church

Tuckswood Library

Tuckswood Green

Vauxhall Street

Victoria Street

Walpole Street/Manchester Place York Street.

Royal Norfolk Show – City College Promotional Display To Show Partnerships and Support

Growing Communities Partnership Project

NCC Citizen Magazine Winter 2018

     
 

 

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