The Community Garden

Our Community Garden is more than your average garden; it is a vibrant, resilient community of plants, animals, and other living things. It is not just about a scenic setting, but also a practical example of how we can create useful and interesting spaces that support our environment, encourage biodiversity and play a genuine contribution to the health of our planet.

Community Garden Project

The aim of this project is to tidy up our existing Sensory Garden and to create some exciting new spaces that will focus on creating a space that encourages bees, butterflies and other wildlife into the garden. Part of the volunteer programme will be to create a space that attracts 19 of the UK’s 59 butterfly species, as well as encouraging them to breed.

We want this garden to become a true community project, and we will be setting up a volunteer group to help us achieve this. Volunteers will meet regularly, in order to help tidy the garden up, and to get it ready, as we hope to start seeing some of our plans blossoming by Summer 2018. The initial phases of the group are hoped to be as follows:

Summer 2017: We will run a volunteer drive over the summer in order to drum up interest and promote our ideas and vision for the garden, to encourage members of the community to help and get involved! Please contact us on 020 8296 1287 or email us at slc@sutton.gov.uk if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

Autumn 2017: We hope that by Autumn 2017 we will have a core group of volunteers to help tidy up the garden initially, and get the garden ready for planting. Key tasks to complete before the winter sets in will include weeding, pruning and general garden maintenance, so that we can get stuck in with the ‘fun stuff’ from spring onwards!

Spring 2018: Spring will be a busy time! We will be running events during the February and Easter half term which will include seed sowing and planting events for members of the community of all ages to get involved with. Those plants grown will be planted into the garden at an event later in the year. We will also be looking for plant donations from local residents to really bulk up the display!

Summer 2018: By summer, we are hoping that we will have a lush sensory garden that can be enjoyed by all visitors, whether you’re chilling out with a library book, drinking a coffee or eating some lunch. We are also hoping that some of our wildlife gardens will be starting to develop, including our Butterfly Boardwalk and Wildflower Bank.

Sensory Garden

We want to focus on transforming the sensory garden outside the library into a peaceful retreat that stimulates each of the five senses:

Sight
By using vivid colour combinations, bold planting and a variety of leaf sizes and shapes we aim to create a space that provides interest and draws you in.

Smell
The ‘smell’ element will come from a clever choice in perfumed flowers and scented foliage, both of which will invite you to get your nose in and have a sniff!

Sound
Sound will be provided from a variety of sources which include rustling plants, wind chimes, buzzing insects and birds.

Taste
Although we won’t be encouraging visitors to tuck into our garden, this element is provided through edible planting of herbs, fruit and vegetables.

Touch
Every plant will have a unique texture, and by creating variety in these textures will bring an added dimension to the finished garden.

Butterfly Boardwalk

Our boardwalk along the garden will be transformed into a summer butterfly haven, planted up on either side with nectar rich plants which are perfect for bees and butterflies in the summer months, including marjoram, lavender, and of course Buddleia; the butterfly bush itself!

Wildflower Bank

Our small sunny embankment next to our boardwalk entrance is the perfect place for showcasing some of our native plants including ox-eye daisies, knapweed, scabious and clovers, all grown amongst long grasses, providing a small meadow area that will be perfect for some of our grassland butterflies.