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May newsletter – last week of the Chelsea Fringe

Chiswick’s Herbal High Road, part of Chelsea Fringe’s festival, got off to a great start with a whole day of herb-themed workshops and activities on Saturday 18 May.

Now 60 mini-herb gardens are out and around Chiswick High Road, Turnham Green Terrace and Devonshire Road. The boxes contain plants decorated and grown by local schools, including lavender and rosemary, with borlotti and French beans, peas, nasturtiums and sweet peas.

The Edible Herbal High Road was considered one of the highlights of the Chelsea Fringe, and our baby sister Edible High Roads in Forest Hill SE23, Kensal Rise NW3 and – most neighbourly of all to us – Edible Askew W12 were also fantastic and produced lovely events. Congrats to all of them, and check them out on our facebook.com/EdibleHighRoad

The new herbal knot garden on Turnham Green was also launched. Organised in collaboration with the Friends of Turnham Green, with help from Hounslow Council and John Laing, the knot garden features a live willow structure by Marten Penrose from the Special Branch, using local willow from just up the Thames at Shepperton. Hounslow Adult Education pottery rustled up the terracotta butterflies that put the finishing touch to the whole thing. Check it out between the Town Hall and Christ Church.

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