The Green Backyard

I noticed an open day being held at The Green Backyard in Peterborough. I have driven past it many times, heard lots of positive comments about it from an ex-colleague and thought it was about time I killed my curiosity and went to have a look.


I took Poppy and her friend E, along with a block of cheese and a French stick (as per advert request) along to the GBY. We arrived a little earlier than advertised but went in any way. We were introduced to Sophie and her Dad, Renny, who opened the community growing space back in 2009. We were made to feel very welcome, there is a real community spirit about the place. Whilst we were there a group of adults with special needs were laying bark chippings to stop the ground from being so boggy, there were others just calling in for a chat, bringing homemade biscuits and cakes to share. ๐Ÿ™‚

The girls fed the free range chickens and had a wander around the allotments and pond area and played on the tyre swings whist we waited for others to arrive.

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Later in the day we prepared and ate delicious cheese fondue.

Cheese fondue

Renny demonstrated clay modelling and willow weaving – Poppy and E were absolutely in their element and could probably have stayed for hours longer!

Cute Clay Owls

Poppy and Eve with their willow baby rattles

It’s had to believe that Peterborough City Council want to destroy all this hard work and build more houses on the site!! This green space has been a lifeline for many people, helping them recuperate after illness, getting back into work and to learn and share skills. The GBY organise monthly craft fairs, drumming circles and have many free family events, promoting new talent, getting kids outside, learning about nature and the environment from people who are passionate about the project.

Please help to SAVE THE GREEN BACKYARD by taking a minute of your time to sign this petition.

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It is an amazing space which we are looking forward to revisiting in the very near future. ๐Ÿ™‚


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