TCV Jupiter Urban Wildlife Community Meal
Building on the success of the October cooking sessions conducted with Mhairi, Senior Project Officer at TCV and service users at Bellsdyke Hospital, FEL joined forces to organise a special community meal in conjunction with Mhairi’s volunteers’ event on December 16th. This event served as a winter celebration, allowing our dedicated garden volunteers to showcase their year-long efforts to friends and family.
FEL provided a delectable spread from Forth Valley Food and Drink member, Soup Dragon at Tir na nOg. Attendees enjoyed two seasonal soups, an assortment of vegan sandwiches and cakes with a festive theme. Mhairi curated engaging activities, using upcycled and natural materials such as crafting a cork Rudolph, creating hazel star decorations, and finished with toasting marshmallows over a campfire.
Despite the initially unfavourable weather forecast, we successfully moved the event indoors and fortunately a break in the conditions allowed volunteers to conduct garden tours with their guests.
Co-hosting this meal provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with more volunteers and their extended networks. It also allowed us to progress our intentions to collaborate incorporating TCV’s Jupiter Wildlife Centre’s garden-grown produce into upcoming FEL food projects. The strong sense of community spirit at the garden was palpable, and credit is due to Mhairi for fostering such a positive environment across all the groups she collaborates with. As we conclude the year, this collaborative effort as part of our Shared Prosperity Funding in Falkirk marks a great conclusion, and we eagerly anticipate further partnerships as the project progresses.