Stramongate School Community Garden
This year the community garden involved the local school, nursery, cubs, cancercare, local businesses all coming together with volunteers to support the space.
The garden gang developed the pond area and entered into the space seeds competition winning a silver award!
The seed to soup project saw over 300 people attend a celebration event taste testing 2 different soups with leek and potato scoring the highest.
Developing the community garden to invite parents and children to trial a new happy holidays garden project where families came, learnt some skills to take home but also shared time with their children supporting the gardens enjoying working together.
The youth project involved clearer and sorting the pond area that had become overgrown and un useable.
Taking part in the international event of Tim Peakes and growing space seeds through Royal Horticultural Society was an incredible experience for our charity as the children had the chance to connect themselves to others throughout the UK.
Ghyllside School Community Garden
This year the community garden developed the space into manageable plots and areas for herbs and vegetables. We have been concentrating on a request for a willow arch and boundary fence.
The garden gang children really started to use the new language about plants and vegetables as well as using tools safely.
A partnership project with “I Matter” saw 7 parents come together with their children to chat about what stress and stressful situations looks like to adults and children. By using the garden as a learning space for shared activities parents and children had an opportunity to learn individually some helpful tips and suggestions to having a better relationship.
The youth and adult volunteers really supported the garden by further developing the space for a shed and greenhouse as well as learning skills in willow design and maintenance.
St Mark’s School Community Garden
This year the community garden involved the school pupils as a whole in the Hidden Haven garden area. The allotment plot developed enough vegetables to allow over 250 people to taste test home grown and homemade soup. The project also supported the local community in an open gardens event where over 50 visitors shared in the garden and gave some free time to water and weed!
The celebration event at St Mark's Church Natland involved the whole school community coming together where the display of vegetables was amazing! The children also made elderflower cordial and fruit juices. The children also learnt about hedge laying and maintenance of the perimeter edge to the Hidden Haven.
The youth groups completed the fruit cage learning new skills in joinery and tool safety. By supporting the outside environment, the plots and general willow areas were kept under control.
A happy holiday gardening group saw parents, grandparents coming together in the holiday period to volunteer their time, skills and knowledge with their children and our team. The wild flower meadow was a delight to see complementing the grass labyrinth in the field.