Here are some of the pictures from the garden and the garden events we have held.
Our first produce
Although the infrastructure to make the garden accessible and secure was not in place in the summer of 2023, that didn't stop us from putting in some raised beds for veg, and the results have been amazing! The soil really is good, and a bit of pig manure helped too!
In early December our garden designer, Karen Blight, held a wreath-making workshop. This was a fantastic fund raising event - and resulted in some amazing creations!
Planting our first plants
In October, with the help of the Copse Community Orchard project who kindly donated the trees, we were able to start our own orchard, with 6 heritage fruit trees!
Our plant stand at the Mayor's Tea party
We raised over £400 and loved telling people about the garden and sharing our enthusiasm for plants!
Our first working party
It was great to be working together on the garden site at last - but it is bumpy right now!
A fabulous orchid on the site
There are some great wild flowers on the garden site and we have been keeping an eye on where they are so that we can look after them. This orchid is in the undergrowth near the oak trees.
Did someone mention pig manure?
Our neighbours at Broadwater lodge care home have a small farm and have a large pile of well rotted pig manure they have kindly donated to the garden. Bringing it round to the site was hard work, but well worth it!
Surveying the site
The garden has a clear, open grassy area surrounded by mature woodland - here are some of the spectacular oak trees showing their inner structure like only deciduous trees can.
When we held our first public meeting about the garden we were able to bring people onto the garden site for the first time so that people could really get a feel for the scope of what we are hoping to achieve. Here the site slopes down towards the ditch, which is where we are planning to site the wildlife pond.