About Kirkoswald Environmental Group

About Kirkoswald Environmental Group

Kirkoswald Environmental Group members are local people who have an interest in conserving and protecting the environment in and around Kirkoswald.

Our aims are:


  • to promote environmental improvement in and around Kirkoswald

  • to encourage the positive involvement  of villagers of all ages and interests

  • to foster community spirit and encourage civic pride. 


We undertake practical projects around the whole parish to improve the environment, including tree planting, improving verges for wildlife, bird box making, litter picking, engaging with school children etc. Generally we hold an annual plant sale, produce a photographic calendar and organise ad hoc events. 

We have been recognised by Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust, Eden District Council and Kirkoswald Parish Council. We have worked with all four and successfully bid for funding from all four.

Date and time of the next meeting:

To be determined, usually held at the Crown Inn Crown Inn, Kirkoswald

Covid 19 and gardening

Spring 2020:

Cumbria in Bloom and our entry into the RHS National Britain in Bloom are postponed for one year for obvious reasons.

Everyone seems to be enjoying the good weather and lots are gardening. I know our allotment and garden are further on and tidier than ever before at this early in the season.

Remember that Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove said that it was not just allowed but people are encouraged to take exercise on their allotments. In the months to come really fresh organically grown vegetables with lots of fresh flavour, great nutrients and vitamins will play a part in improving our general heath and disease resistance.

All allotmenteers observe social distancing.

If you have not tried at home before why not try growing a few vegetables at home. Discount stores sell both food, DiY and gardening stuff so you can still buy seeds and compost. potatoes can be grown in containers or even compost bags. Look on the Internet for helpful tips on techniques. If you cannot buy seed potatoes (a bit late in the season now) try putting some nbought spuds on a window bottom. They should chit because of the time of year. When sprouts are 1cm long you can plant them.

Gardening and growing things are great forms of exercise and also great for mental well being. Whilst you are gardening you are thinking about what you are doing and not worrying about other things

I hope this year that Kirkoswald looks even better than the five years when we were awarded Gold by Cumbria in Bloom. It does not matter if there was no judging this year. That decision is to keep us and the judges safe. The real reason for entering the competition is to take pride in our wonderful village, its wonderful community and all enjoy looking at and taking about how beautiful it is.

Autumn 2020

Kirkoswald does indeed look great again this year. Well done everyone. I think everyone has enjoyed the outdoors and gardening this year. The allotments were a safe place to work, take exercise, grow wonderful organic tasty food and meet and chat to people at a safe distance. We are all very very lucky to live where we do. People are sensible, safe, considerate and kind to each other. community spirit is alive and well here.

Keep safe


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