Going to the gym and pumping iron is one way to exercise to keep oneself fit.
But before the days of sports centres and health clubs, many more of us took our exercise in the great outdoors. For some it was as a leisure pursuit, but for the vast majority working on the land and cultivating our cabbage patch, was essential for growing our food and feeding our own families when no supermarket was a drive away.
Wellington in Bloom has taken a look back at some of the tools and garden implements used by our parents and grandparents. But to our surprise many have been adapted from the wooden handles and heavy iron into lightweight modern materials, more suited to a generation less able to ‘get a handle’ on such weighty items. Not only are today’s tools more manageable, they are often designed for several uses when space is at a premium.
We thank the Local History and Museum Society for loaning Wellington in Bloom the use of their window to display those tools hidden away in the garden shed – the iron potato planter, still used today, single handed sheep shears, now adapted to light topiary trimming. Then there’s a trap or two for catching the unwary animal – thankfully now illegal. But that round metal trap with fins. What was that used for? A visit inside the Museum to a steward will give you an answer. But again something similar is in use today to catch a pest – plaguing all our gardens. Garden rakes, spades, forks, hoes, and measuring line are items we need today, when we venture up the garden path, and reconnect with the world outside our door.
We have extended the entry date for the Dig for Victory community competition until the end of June to give everyone another month to get making improvements to frontages, verges, and clearing away rubbish and unwanted items from front gardens. Talk with your neighbours and put together a plan of four properties or premises in your road or street which could do with a makeover. There’s a cash prize of £500 for the best project to be carried out this summer. Entry forms in the public library, WWNews office, Museum, garden centres, community office and shops. Don’t let inertia and apathy discourage you from making your area worth living in.
More information: Isabel Ward, Chair Wellington in Bloom: email: firstname.lastname@example.org