Thursday 25 March | Carol Fleming

For her #100DaysOfGreenNevis project, trustee Carol Fleming is growing herbs, fruit and vegetables in a bid to become more sustainable.

During the first lockdown, this time last year my family was dependent on home deliveries from the local supermarket and friends and family leaving loaves of bread on the doorstep to tide us over. Back then, successfully booking a home delivery slot from the local supermarket was like winning the lottery! It made me start to think about how good it would be to be able to harvest our own fruit and veg from the garden. 

Fast forward to 1 February 2021 and Nevis’ #100DaysofGreenNevis has kicked that thought into action! In addition to the apple trees and rhubarb already existing in the garden, my daughter Hannah and I have sown (rather a lot of) basil and cherry tomatoes. Next up, when the weather is a bit better, will be carrots and potatoes.

It has been great working on this project with Hannah. She loves watching the plants grow and I know she’ll love eating the produce when it’s ready! Even better, we’ve planted too much, so we’re sharing our seedlings – and the message of sustainability – with friends and family.

From 1 February 2021, Nevis is running #100DaysOfGreenNevis, where our musicians, staff and trustees will each take on a task for 100 days linked to Sustainability. We’d love you to join us, either by following the campaign online to get ideas of what you can do, or to show us you own actions for us to share. If you would like to know more, do get in touch at georgina@nevisensemble.org 

Nevis Ensemble’s #GreenNevis campaign in 2019 won the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music, and was shortlisted for Best Campaign by Julie’s Bicycle.