TCV Jupiter Urban Wildlife Community Meal

24.01.2024 | jemma

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. 

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