Friends of Lydgate Green is a small group of local residents who are responsible for the upkeep of the green at the corner of Lydgate Lane.
With a pair of gloves, something to dig with and plenty of enthusiasm to bring pleasure to all who visit the green this summer, the staff from the Artisan restaurant and a dozen or so local people turned up at 9.30am on Saturday to plant around one thousand bulbs and plants.
Afterwards, everyone took up an invitation to go back to the Artisan restaurant for refreshments. Whilst enjoying well-earned drinks fresh cream and chocolate cake kindly provided by Artisan, everyone took the time to get to know one another and reflect on a job well done.
Rachel Bacon said: “A big thank you from the Friends of Lydgate Green to those who came and helped us on Saturday morning. All the plants are in and watered so let’s hope for a bit more sunshine to bring them on.
“Thanks to Richard from Valleyside for all his advice and for doing us such a great deal on the plants, to the Rangers for coming on their day off, to the boys from Artisan for digging in and for the coffee and cake (yum!) and to Ian and Crosspool Forum for their help and to Jane, Kate, George, Tim and Samuel for all their help!”
New Crookes Councillor Geoff Smith has been in touch and asked us to report back his findings on two waste management issues raised at Monday’s Open Meeting. Geoff writes:
1. Flexible use of blue bin and blue box
As you know it has been agreed in principle that residents will be able to use these flexibly, deciding for themselves which one they use for glass etc and which for paper etc. The date 23 May was mentioned. This is not the date for Crookes ward. This is the date for the north west and the south east of the city. The rest, including Crosspool, will be some time in September (date to be announced). All residents will receive a letter of information/explanation before the September date.
2. Green sacks
As explained at the meeting, these are in use again and can be collected from libraries and the town hall. When you have filled them they should be left (visibly) inside your property and you should ring Veolia to ask them to be collected. This will be done within 20 days. Reasonably someone suggested that it would be better if there was a set day for collection for everyone in an area. This is what happens at the moment in the south east on a four weekly cycle and this is about to be rolled out across the whole city. There should be an announcement shortly.
It includes details ofvarious events throughout the year including talks, meetings, plant sales and outdoor activities.
Friends of the Botanical Gardens was set up in 1984 and aims to support the gardens and also provide the opportunity for gardeners of all abilities to meet, socialise and learn more about horticulture.
New members are welcome, but you can also attend any event for the modest fee of £2.
Crosspool householders are reminded that Veolia are due to collect green waste sacks this week (commencing 13 September 2010) in S10.
The monthly S10 collections will then continue in the weeks commencing:
11 October 2010
8 November 2010
After the November collection, the service will revert back to the previous procedure, where residents are required to to phone Veolia on 0114 2734 567 option 1 and then leave them outside property boundaries for collection on the arranged date.