Shared Earth Learning: Sunflowers and sweetpeas

This week, I made a long overdue visit to the Shared Earth Learning co-operative’s polytunnel and allotment. It’s just a 30 min walk from my home in Frome, and I’d last visited in late March, just before moving house and starting a new job. Things have been rather busy since then,  so it’s been four months since my last visit.

Here’s the Shared Earth Learning polytunnel and fireplace in late March, when I last took a snap…


And here it is in early August. The co-op and forest school has been busy, producing some beautiful flowers and veg. All organic, using mostly hand tools and traditional methods.


The sweetpeas and sunflowers outside the tunnel have done very well.


The bees appear to enjoy the sunflowers.


Inside, the beans and courgettes are producing a plentiful crop. Alex, one of the wonderful women leading this fantastic project gave me a massive courgette. I’ll give her a hand with the accounts and admin later this month, which seems a fair exchange, as I also got a lovely bunch of sweetpeas.


Recently the Shared Earth Learning team got a bit of funding from Frome Town Council to offer subsided Forest School sessions, so more local kids can come to learn about nature in this amazing space (find out more on SELco Facebook page). There’s also a new Facebook group for SELco Playrangers, which offers forest school as a free after school activity at the Mount, in Frome.


Shared Earth Learning is a small community co-op, and it manages to do wonderful things on a shoe string budget. There’s dozens of similar community minded, eco positive organisations in the local area, and hopefully there are some like minded people around your way too.   In uncertain political times, where the environment seems to be in real trouble and politics is idiotic and dangerous, it’s good to take time outside to see what’s growing, and find people doing positive things.

PS – My week off has been mostly spent napping, seeing friends, attending Fayres, admiring flowers, eating and snoozing, with zero projects completed. It’s been just about perfect so far. Once my batteries are recharged it’s back to the plan.  




One thought on “Shared Earth Learning: Sunflowers and sweetpeas

  1. Why are flowers so popular in these sorts of demonstration gardens? Are they just more interesting than vegetable flowers? I remember that when I was a kid, I really enjoyed nasturtium flowers. Corn bloom was not so much fun. Neither were tomato flowers.


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