Thursday, 18 July 2013

Arthur's Hill Time Exchange Gardening Project



Arthur's Hill Time Exchange has been making hanging baskets for the local residents. Some have fruit like strawberries in them and some have flowers.



The sunny weather this week meant the gardening team got busy making more planters. Martin who works at Arthur's Hill Time Exchange is busy showing us how to make a hanging basket. The team made £100 at an event at the local school where they sold the hanging baskets.

Gardening Project

Each Year Arthur's Hill Time Exchange do gardening work in the local area. Recently they have taken over maintenance of the brick planters around Arthur's Hill. Normally Newcastle City Council maintain the planters but they have not been able to afford it since Central Government cut their budget.
Here is a planter on Stanton Street, and also some evidence that council cuts to domestic refuse collection services are causing people to dump rubbish elsewhere than in their domestic bin.







I have had discussions with people about this. People say why should we need our bins emptying every week, when we can recycle things instead? Surely getting our bins emptied fortnightly is enough?
My answer: some families have a lot of children and maybe they are caring for elderly parents or disabled family members who live with them. They don't have a garden so they can't do composting. Their young children have nappies (not recyclable) which need changing. Their older children want to eat junk food. They have poor literacy skills and are not sure how to go about recycling or what they can recycle.

Ghostly figure in Leazes Park




We spotted this ghostly figure by the trees in Leazes Park recently. The blue thing in the foreground is artwork symbolising the path of the Lort Burn, the river which runs underground at this point and flows into the River Tyne.

Recent works near Monument in Newcastle City centre



Some major work has been going on in Monument Mall near Monument Metro. The whole Mall was gutted and is being refurbished.




Work is also going on at the end of Northumberland Street. Probably building upgrades.

Wraps



Vegan (of course) wraps with hummus and salad in. Garnished with grapes and wasabi peas.

Water mains complete

At last we had the lead water mains upgraded. It took a few false starts as the different work crews had to all join up on the right day to get the job done. All we are waiting for now is the paving stones to be put back and the holes filled in, and the boxing in to be competed in the bathrooms.
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