Our Hub is currently based at the BANES Council Parks Depot in Royal Victoria Park.
At our Hub during the seed collecting season, we process the collected seeds and then stratify them placing them into either warm or cold storage. From January, we sow and grow on the germinated seedlings in our greenhouse. From May to June the tree seedlings are distributed across our nursery network. Please see our year for more information.
New home for our Hub
After nearly three years based at the Parks Depot – thank you Parks! – we are now setting up a new home for our Hub.
In March 2023, we identified a new location, one half of an allotment site in Redland Park, Twerton on Curo land.
In April 2023, we undertook a consultation with both the allotment holders and the local residents discussing our plans. We are pleased to confirm the feedback was very positive, and we would like to offer a special thanks to the ongoing support from the allotment holders.
In July, we applied to BANES council for planning permission for our new Hub. Thank you to Stride Treglown, PlanningSphere and Ethosep, and BLB Solicitors for their pro bono support. We would not have been able to do this without your generous support!
During October and November, a number of volunteer days took place clearing the site and preparing it for a new volunteer hut and polytunnel. We also received confirmation that planning permission had been approved!
At the start of 2024, we returned to the site to remove the existing fence ready for a new taller fence around the whole site to be installed. This has now been completed.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped clear the site over a number of days and remove the old fence!
The next stages of work involves landscaping followed by the installation of a wooden volunteer hut and a polytunnel.
Watch this space for more detail as work is completed!