Build it and they will come. And they did. Well, it did. #RebootingEden #Sheffield #RooftopGarden

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On Sunday 9th October 2016, we finally started moving plants on-site at the DINA Rooftop Garden, and things started happening immediately.

After some anticipated delays, we moved approximately 100 plants on-site. Not 100 different plants but 100 individuals and quite a diverse collection. It was a genuinely emotional moment as we re-potted some of the plants into larger containers and watered them with water we had collected from the roofs, gathered into the adapted barrels we bought.

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To witness the event, we also had Ben Court, an undergraduate student in journalism from the University of Sheffield, to document the event for one of his assignments.

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Fran being interviewed by Ben, in the shadow of the soon-to-be-demolished Grosvenor Hotel.

Also, thanks to Andy Cropper who has volunteered some regular time to the project, and helped us do some preliminary work on the roof.

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Like I said before, I am the brawn and Fran is the brains, and she has done a lot of work at home already, seeding and nurturing plants that we have gathered from various donors, and here is an immediate result, our first bee.

Result.

We have a long way to go, and with winter approaching, we won’t see much for a few months, but it feels good to see something happening.

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