Archive for November, 2019

I’m very pleased to feature another guest post from Andrew Parnell who wrote an earlier post on Charles Dickens House in Bethnal Green. Andrew is a walking tour guide with Footprints of London and East London on Foot who leads walks on architecture and housing history in Tower Hamlets. These include walks in Bethnal Green which take […]

via ECP Monson: A Thoughtful and Proudly Municipal Architect — Municipal Dreams


Autumn, early winter, is the time to put your feet up, relax and look back on the year as the plants go into hibernation. That is one approach, needless to say, gardening jobs never stop and there is always something to be doing. Building on our previous blog about ‘Sowing your winter culinary herbs’ we now look…

via Jekka’s tips on maintaining, growing and caring for your herb plants in autumn & early winter — Jekka’s – Jekkas Blog

At the gate into Woolbeding autumn crashes into view. Reds, yellows, and browns glow in a sudden break of sun from the clouds. The South Downs loom in silhouette beyond austere pine plantations on Midhurst Common, framing the autumn trees that edge the fields I’m entering.

via The Sussex Weald: autumn crashes into view — Daniel Greenwood

The Papillon Project, inspiring High Schools across Norfolk to develop sustainable allotments is launched! Last Friday, at Sprowston Community Academy in Norwich over 130 people came together to celebrate and hear about plans for the future.

Supported by Garden Guru Bob Flowerdew and Co founder of Permaculture, David Holmgren, the project is based on the successful Reepham Allotment Project and is already working with 3 new schools, with a further 6 in the pipeline and a growing number of others considering getting the Project’s help. Here’s a brief clip of David Holmgren (all the way from Australia) and how Papillon is helping to deliver Permaculture:

There were also presentations from Frances Tophill, presenter of the BBC’s ‘Gardeners’ World’, and a keen allotmenteer, and Richard Powell O.B.E. an inspiring campaigner for the natural world.

And here’s a short video of the launch event and the wider project by Amie Beth Steadman of ‘That’s Norfolk TV’:

The Papillon Project is currently a Limited Company and hopes soon to register as a Charity. I am proud to be its Chair of Trustees and support the inspirational Founder and Leader, Matt Willer.

Find out more at

Old School Gardener


A fly tipped W.C. turned into a herb planter at Reepham Allotment Project


A nationally acclaimed school allotment initiative is being rolled out across the County.

Nine secondary schools have now signed up to the Papillon Project which has already been running for five years at Reepham High School near Norwich- largely created from things that people throw away – from fly-tipped toilets to canoes!

That pilot has shown that students establishing their own allotment and growing their own food has improved their sense of physical and mental well being.

The founder of the Papillon Project, teacher Matt Willer won the Royal Horticultural Society’s School Gardening Champion of the Year 2018 and an Eco Hero award – gaining national media coverage. Now he’s left his day job to set up this new charity so more schools can do the same.

Matt Willer

Matt Willer

Matt says: “I want to inspire children and young people to learn to grow their own food for their school and their community”

“We will work with schools and sixth-form colleges to create and develop an allotment growing area which the students will design, create and develop themselves. The Papillon Project is also about creating a shared responsibility and forging a community of volunteers from amongst staff, parents and the wider community.”

This new initiative has the backing of BBC Radio 4 Gardener’s Question Time guru, Bob Flowerdew:

“Our children can only benefit from familiarity with nature and the ways it sustains us and our food. In a world of much division, gardening is a common good, something we can all agree that our children should experience, can learn from, and most of all will surely enjoy.”

The Papillon Project is being launched on Friday 22 November at:

 Sprowston Community Academy, Cannerby Lane, Norwich, NR7 8NE (6pm-8pm).

Contributors include Frances Tophill (‘Gardeners’ World’ presenter) and Richard Powell OBE (Chair of ‘Wild Anglia’).

If anyone is interested in attending a limited number of tickets are available at:

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The ‘Rope Pump’ at Reepham Allotment Project

Well, the last will be first for this Six on Saturday post, as a temperature down to minus 2°C last night will sadly have seen off the dahlias for this year. The photograph was taken quite early in the day but a mammoth effort from a weak November sun was doing what it could to […]

via Six on Saturday: the First and the Last — Rambling in the Garden

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