Facts & Questions Where & when do you meet? We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 6.30 in the UCCA meeting room which is located in the corner of Lever street car park. (See map on the contact page). In the late spring & summer we usually work on the gardens for an hour from 6.30 – 7, before the meeting. Can anyone join? Yes, we are an open group: all are welcome. How can I join the group? Complete our contact form or telephone: Jean Butterworth: 01706817492 Norman Overend: 01706812205 Sheila Greenwood: 07792019940 Geoff Greenwood: 07789605808 What kind of gardening jobs do you do? We do a range of jobs such as planting bulbs for the spring and bedding plants for the summer. We also weed, dig, tidy, prune, the general garden jobs needed to keep any garden in good order. Where do you garden? We work on several sites around the town such as the ‘Peace garden’ behind the Town hall, the Community Herb garden opposite the Cricket Club; we also maintain the ‘barrier baskets’ and large planters around the town centre. See the map on the ‘contact page’ for exact locations. How often do you work in the public garden spaces? In the summer months we work at least once a month but sometimes much more often – it depends on what jobs need carrying out. In the autumn we are very busy when the barrier baskets and planters need replanting and again in the spring. Do you meet throughout the year? We do meet throughout the year. If I join the group would I have to come to every meeting? No, you can come along whenever you have the time. If you want to help with the gardening but can’t attend the meetings, that is fine. We are happy to receive any help! Apart from looking after public garden spaces, what else do you do? We are involved in many of the main local events such as the winter ‘Kidsfest’, the autumn harvest festival (IET), local fashion shows; we also organise an annual local garden competition, and of course each year we enter the Yorkshire in Bloom competition, which is part of the National ‘in Bloom’ competition run by the RHS. Does it cost anything to join? No, it does not cost anything to join. Do you have to be an experienced gardener? No, you do not have to be an experienced gardener. Do you need your own tools? No, we can lend you tools, but if you have some simple basic tools such as a trowel & small fork this would be helpful. Do I need any special clothes? Wear warm practical clothes and comfortable flat shoes. You may get a bit mucky! Is there an age limit? No! (For insurance reasons unaccompanied young children may not join, but children are welcome with an adult – it can be a great way for young people to be involved with the community.) How do you raise funds? We obtain grants from the local council & Calderdale; we apply for appropriate special grants from various charitable organisations; we fundraise ourselves, doing bag packs and with stalls on the market. Are you part of a bigger organisation? No, we are an independent organisation, though we often work with other local groups such as IET, UCCA, local businesses. Still Got A Question? If you still have any questions you would like to ask, please feel free to contact us at any time. Contact Us Here..