Greening the city festival

6-28 November 2021

We are hosting a festival coinciding with the COP26 climate summit to showcase local nature-based initiatives in the city and to inspire new ones

Read on for dates, times, and venues…

Saturday November 6th

Friends of Peartree Green conservation volunteers meeting 10am-1pm meet by the play area at Peartree Green – adults only no dogs please
Friends of Riverside Park litter pick 10am meet by the pavilion

Sunday November 7th

Ropewalk community gardens 53 Derby Road- gardening and food from 10.30am

Saturday November 13th

Pollinating Peartree bulb planting and information – 11am – 12am at the ‘subway strip’ raised bed alongside Bridge Road (near Itchen Bridge and railway bridge)
Friends of Freemantle Lake Park are holding a leaf lantern craft session and litter pick at 2pm in Freemantle Lake Park
Visit Bitterne Park Triangle with activities from Friends of Bitterne Station (10am-1pm) including children’s books, a creative competition, a gardening book swap and bee talks and Bitterne Park growing places (12-3pm) will be asking locals to bring their ideas for “What’s Next?” for the group.
Southampton City Farm Green Lane, Southampton SO16 9FQ open 11am-3pm £2/£1/free adults children and babies meet farm animals living in the city!
STAMP is hosting a seed giveaway and information session on veg growing and caring for allotments both days in Swaythling 11am-1.30pm. Access the allotments through the archway at 76 Monks way SO18 2LP or 21 Ashby Close SO18 2LT

Sunday November 14th

Friends of Town Quay Park 10.30am-1pm gardening & showcasing Town Quay Park (hidden between the Dancing Man & lower end of the High St behind Ennios & La Regatta). Come & join in or simply view our work on this site FTQP saved from development. Now a green oasis with fruit tree beds (9 Transition trees), new wild life area, & work beginning on an ‘arena’ area with labyrinth. At 11am there will also be a simple wreath laying on behalf of Far East Prisoners of War at their memorial in the park – all welcome.
Friends of Portswood Rec are planning a community gardening day at the Rec from 10.30am on Sunday 14th November as part of the weekend. In addition to the gardening, we will have a stall with information about the work we have already done at the Rec to increase biodiversity, and our plans for building on this in the future, and we are also hoping to have some simple nature based activities for children.
Southampton City Farm Green Lane, Southampton SO16 9FQ open 11am-3pm £2/£1/free adults children and babies meet farm animals living in the city!
STAMP is hosting a seed giveaway and information session on veg growing and caring for allotments both days in Swaythling 11am-1.30pm. Access the allotments through the archway at 76 Monks way SO18 2LP or 21 Ashby Close SO18 2LT
Friends of St James Park
Crocus planting 2pm-4pm at St James Park – also the BIKE DOCTOR will be present so bring along your bikes for advice and repair

Monday November 15th

Come & Create a Mini Meadow with Ian Bailey & Pippa Grey, Community Gardener SO18 Big Local/TWICS. Monday 15th November at 10.30-Midday. At: Somerset Ave, Southampton SO18 5FN. Free Refreshments after! Tea/cake.

Saturday November 20th

Front Gardens plus St Denys community litter pick 10am Saltmead Estate Kent Road railway bridge end

Saturday November 27th

Community orchard planting event, 10am-2pm. Come and get involved in National Tree Planting Week by planting fruit trees at our new community orchard. Free seed giveaway by Southampton Airport.

  • Talk to Mike from STAMP about growing food and managing an allotment
  • Help prepare a new biodiversity area with Green Earth Plan
  • Find out why biodiversity is important to wildlife
  • Find us by going through the archway next to 73 Monks Way, SO18 2LR or 21 Claude Ashby Close, SO18 2LT
  • Contact Cara Headon for more details (cara.headon <at> abri.co.uk)

Sunday November 28th

Sholing Valley study centre, Station Road SO19 8FP Tree planting session 10am -3pm- plant trees donated by the woodland trust – bring gloves, lunch provided if you let them know you’re coming via their facebook page

If you can’t make it to any of these why not read the recently launched book by local author Denise Baden, Habitat Man? A tale of love and composting set in Southampton and based on real events!