Due to Covid19 we haven’t been able to be at Sunnyside as much as we would like to. This though hasn’t stopped the community of volunteers at Sunnyside, and we have found many ways to keep gardening.

By April 2021 we wanted to involve the whole community. So we gave away many different types of Sunflower seeds with pots and soil, so local people could grow them in their flat. One of the best things about 2021 was having people bring their Sunflowers back to Sunnyside to plant out. All Summer Sunnyside was full of lovely Sunflowers grown by local people.

First Sunflower returned

People managed to grow lots of Sunflowers on their windowsills

And during the Summer, more and more Sunflowers came back

We sometimes even had a queue of people returning sunflowers
Volunteers were always pleased to receive the Sunflowers and find the perfect place to plant them

By February 2021 we wanted to grow something more adventurous than carrot tops. So we gave out lots of different types of chillis to our volunteers to grow at home. They were ready to harvest in the Autumn of 2021 and there was such a variety of shapes and colours.

In January 2021 when almost nothing could grow and we weren’t able to garden due to a lockdown we started growing carrot tops…

The carrot tops were able to go on holiday when we weren’t
The carrot tops did torment one pet in particular

During the first couple of lock-downs starting in March 2020 volunteers moved their attention onto their house plants. We have been inundated with pictures of beautiful houseplants from our ward Hillrise and further afield, here is just a taste;