Limited edition pottery Minstead Leaves available to buy

We had a fabulous day on the 14th July, celebrating 50 wonderful years of magical Minstead! One of the ways we are marking our 50th year is by selling limited edition pottery leaves made by talented New Forest potter Isil Campanella. These gorgeous leaves can be used as a coaster or just as a decoration.  Only 100 are available, each individually numbered.  We sold lots at the Open Day but we have some available to buy for a minimum donation of £10 each, with all funds going towards the Centre. If you'd like to buy one, please get in touch via friendsofminstead@gmail.com

Kate Chapman
Join us for our Big B'Earthday Celebration!

On Saturday 14th July we are throwing open the doors of the Study Centre and welcoming everyone to help us celebrate 50 wonderful years of Minstead Study Centre.  Join us between 12.30 and 4.30 for food, drink, music, crafts, activities, games, stories, animals, history, dancing - and much more.  It's free to enter and most activities are free too.   Come and help us celebrate!

Kate Chapman
The Big Grow goes from strength to strength

We have recently received funding from the Lyndhurst Co-op, the Hampshire Gardens Trust, the Hampshire County Council Waste Prevention Team and the New Forest National Park Authority towards our Big Grow project.  We are hugely grateful for this support and are delighted that the garden is beginning to look amazing (see our blog for recent pictures).  Our visiting children work in the learning garden every day and get to pick and eat the delicious fresh produce from it.   At the moment the salads are abundant!

Kate Chapman
More funding successes for the Big Grow

We are well on the way to achieving our funding target for the Big Grow.  The Barker Mill Foundation have generously donated £5,000 per year for this year and next and we raised £2000 through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme!  As a result, we have been able to employ our new Head Gardener, Adam , who is making huge progress already with turning our fruit and veg patch into a super-productive educational garden.

Kate Chapman