Chelsea Newsletter

Chelsea Newsletter

December 2014

Christmas wreaths

The autumn flew by and the horticultural fleece is now out on the raised beds to protect the veg from the winter frosts! The winter broad beans and onions are in and sprouts finally ready to eat after the first frosts.

We have continued to hold a small but successful stall on a Thursday outside the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s café selling bags of our own winter salad and kale, lavender bags, Gardening Leave’s own postcards, Christmas cards, mugs, calendars and notelets.

On Remembrance Day we attended the very moving RHC service and then came back to our garden where we pinned our poppies to a tree outside our shed in remembrance of those no longer with us.

We continue to take a now reduced winter harvest of our vegetables and herbs to the Hospital’s kitchens twice a week for them to use for lunch and in return received the most amazing Christmas lunch attended by staff, volunteers and veterans and even ate our own Brussels sprouts!

Christmas lunch eating our own sprouts!

The veterans have been busy making some fantastic Christmas decorations including beautiful wreaths which have now all sold out and went particularly quickly at the RHC Christmas Fair.

Our honesty seed display at the Union Jack Club

Early December saw our Christmas display going up at the UJC in Waterloo. The veterans painstakingly peeled our dried honesty which is now in pride of place in their reception area along with the customary red poinsettias!

We even received a visit in our garden by a poorly fox who is now being cared for in a wildlife sanctuary and on the mend.

We continue to have wonderful groups of volunteers come and give their time to us, most recently from Accenture who helped pull down our ‘wall of tomatoes’ and remove the ever growing ivy off the walls. We couldn’t do it all without these teams of helpers and regular volunteers so a huge thank you to all of you!

Putting up the GL Christmas tree

Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas,

Ed and Zisky




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