Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Three interesting video pieces have become available following the Hebden Bridge Transition Town's Secret Garden Party at the old Fire Station, Hebden Bridge on May 25.

The first was created using a time lapse camera system and shows the day's activities speeded up into a couple of minutes.

The day speeded up into 2 minutes

Hundreds of people occupied the old Fire Station, brought plants they had grown or bought from the Big Green Market and planted up the raised beds with a lovely array of herbs, veg and flowers. People were also able to plant up portable planters that were made from old dustbins into funky designs and take them home. There was a kids' area with sunflower planting, pot decorating and the making of bugs on sticks, as well as learning about photosynthesis and the importance of bees.

The Secret Garden video from Jason Elliott

The yard was adorned with colourful umbrellas, banners and bunting and the hay bales made for a very comfortable space. Inside the marquee there was a lovely cake café and the garden party speciality of tea, cucumber sandwiches and a cream tea being served. A solar powered sound system played an eclectic mix of music throughout the day.

The day was organised by the Hebden Bridge Transition Town group. This space is going to become a temporary car park until the developers decide it will be lucrative enough to build again. The Transition Town group feel there are enough car parks in the centre of Hebden Bridge. What they would like is a more imaginative use of land such as community gardens where they can grow vegetables and come together socially. And solutions to transport issues should be aimed at reducing the traffic not tarmacing over the land to accommodate it.

Jason Elliott interviews Bear, Secret Garden organiser

There is a now a permanent garden left in the fire station yard. The group will be watering it and nurturing it as it develops and invite people to be part of this. We will be organising a watering rota for when it is dry and some work days there and hopefully the garden will grow and grow. Contact if you would like to join up with people doing this.

The group say on their website, "The gates are now unlocked so feel free to go into the garden and treat it like your own! It’s a good place for a picnic, safe kids cycling, or a moonlit glass of wine…."


See also:

Photos of the Garden Party and Big Green Weekend

Hebweb News: Big Green Weekend

Transition Town Hebden Bridge

Big Green Weekend website

Hebweb News: This year's Big Green Weekend will be bigger and better than ever!

Hebweb News: Big Green Weekend 2008


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