29th January 2017
Snowdrops and soup at TWIGS
Snowdrops: theirs is a fragile but hardy celebration … in the very teeth of winter. Louise Wilder
An event coming up to warm the cockles of your heart and wrap a warm embrace round your belly: Snowdrops and Soup at Twigs Community Garden. I can’t help feeling it reminds of The Sound of Music … anyway the lowdown follows.
Sunday 12th February 2017 11 am – 3 pm
Admission: Adults £2.00, Concessions £1.50, Children FREE
Twigs, Manor Garden Centre, Cheney Manor, Swindon, SN2 2QJ
TWIGS Community Gardens are a colourful and vibrant set of gardens in the heart of Swindon. They are managed by TWIGS as a resource to give people who experience mental health problems the chance to regain confidence, self-esteem and to learn new skills. The gardens provide plenty of different ideas to take home to your own garden, along with plants and craft goods to enhance it.
A little bit about Twigs – TWIGS – a potted history
‘TWIGS (Therapeutic Work In Gardening in Swindon) came into being in November 1997. It was formed by a local lady who realised the therapeutic benefits that working with nature could bring to those experiencing mental health problems. At first, TWIGS operated from the old Swindon Borough Council (SBC) Amenity Horticulture buildings (where the Manor Garden Centre now stands) and volunteers provided gardening and craft activities for around eight people.
The Amenity site closed and the land was then leased to the Manor Garden Centre. SBC began to build a purpose built unit for the use of community groups in 1998 and allocated the area that has become TWIGS Community Gardens for Community groups. At this time, this included TWIGS, wildFlowers and Butterflies (FAB) and Swindon and District Beekeepers … ‘
But back to the snowdrop and soup day:
‘On display will be 10,000 Snowdrops we planted around our beau ful gardens last year. We’ve checked on them and they’re already star ng to come up.
*For each one of Twigs’ 20 years there will be a di erent variety of Snowdrop on display, so see if you can spot the di erences between them.
* Find out all the things about snowdrops that you didn’t know that you wanted to know, such as how they came to Britain and some of the stories associated with them.
* Also on display will be art and craft work on a Snowdrop theme.
After you’ve walked round the gardens and admired the other brave plants that share this owering me with the Snowdrops, warm up with some delicious home- made soup or some cake.’