We hope that everyone will join in with food growing, learning opportunities, and experiencing the stimulating enjoyment of being in an outdoor natural environment. The garden will use an organic approach and aims to encourage a diversity of wildlife. We propose to create designated areas on site which will inherit the following: o Poly-tunnels o Fruit and vegetable plots o A quantity of raised beds to be allocated to specific user groups o Paddock of fruit trees and shrubs o Picnic area/social events space o Café serving refreshments & wholesome snacks o Outdoor cooking area (including clay oven and BBQ) o A round-house/pergola in which to deliver various creative learning workshops o A sensory garden for children, disabled, elderly o Mini market for selling produce and plants o Storage shed o Home made compost area
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The community garden will give opportunities for people with diverse needs, abilities, generations and cultures; all of whom will be able to share knowledge and skills in a fruitfulness environment. What we share in a small way can make a huge difference and can be the first step on the journey to a better, friendlier community. In our community we want people to have access to healthy, fresh, nutritious food, to connect with nature , learn where their food comes from and how to grow It. The garden will relieve social exclusion and provide wellbeing for all. The garden site is currently a blank canvas; originally a bowling green, securely fenced with its own gate, situated within a large public park. The site will be freely accessible to the public from Monday to Saturday, 9am - 5pm. We hope to expand opening times to hold evening events during the Spring and Summer
Steps to get it done:
We have had an enormous amount of interest from a variety of local people wanting to be involved in supporting the project in various capacities, all of whom are very keen to offer their services on a voluntary basis. The Friends of Redcatch Park forum has 260 members who are totally supporting the proposed community garden. We have developed great relationships with local children's centres, schools, community groups, and many local service provider organisations, all of which are extremely interested to bring their cohort to enjoy the experiences we will have to offer. The footfall into the surrounding park is averaging 250 people per week.
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