Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays 9.30am – 4.00pm.
We are also open on occasional weekends for special visits, events and open days.
It is a place where everyone can find their niche and work at their own pace, as part of a friendly and dedicated team. It is also a place where people can make friends and learn skills, as well as contribute their own ideas, to make the garden truly a people’s garden. It is open to anyone who is up for giving some of their time to work on the garden and help it to grow into something bigger!
Down the garden path
The garden is divided into different areas, offering a range of gardening experience – growing vegetables on our traditional plots, tending the Herb Spiral, sowing seeds and potting on in the polytunnel, pruning fruit trees in our orchard full of lovely old English varieties, and maintaining the ponds, wildflower meadows and wildlife areas. We are constantly planting and regenerating areas of the garden – so you can gain a whole range of experience.
This is an artistic diagram of the gardens, which is constantly expanding and growing. It was drawn a couple of years after the garden opened – so has changed a lot since – but has kept the same basic layout.
You don’t have to work! Why not drop by for a cuppa and a chat among friendly faces. Or wander through the willow tunnel to sit and watch the birds and insects by our pond, or take a walk up the track to our Bee Garden and apiary.
Come and get your veg at the garden – you can pick your own or ask the team to help you. This really is locally sourced food, grown on organic principles. It’s free if you work in the garden, otherwise, we ask for a small donation. We also have a wide selection of plants and herbs, as well as seasonal cut flowers.
Why not join one of our courses or workshops? We run regular gardening courses, as well as workshops on topics as diverse as willow weaving, clay oven building, botanical art, pond-building and permaculture. You may have an idea you would like to suggest – please get in touch!
We run special schools projects each year to encourage schoolchildren to get stuck in. The People’s Community Garden is a great learning environment and teachers can book a visit to bring Curriculum topics to life, or involve children in creative activities with natural materials.
We welcome work teams from local business. We have major projects throughout the year and we are grateful for willing hands itching to get out of the office and into the garden. It’s a great way of building your team and developing productive bonds between members of staff, which can be taken back to the office.
Let us inspire you
Come along to get ideas for your own garden or community project, or just enjoy yourself looking around. You are welcome to drop in or book a group visit. Tell us stories and share your ideas about gardening. You may have an interesting plant to donate, or a memory about how things used to be. Or you may have a great suggestion about how we can improve the garden.