The Community Garden Project
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.
Our Community Garden Project aims to create a space that encourages members of the local community to interact and learn from one another, and to create a space which allows everybody to take part and take pride. As part of the project we want to create and maintain a relaxing sensory garden for the area outside the library, and a vibrant eco-garden to encourage wildlife, promote biodiversity and to educate visitors.
Spring 2018: We have sown wildflower seeds into our wildflower bank, and we have started to plant up our butterfly boardwalk with nectar rich plants for pollinating insects. We are also looking to recruit volunteers to help maintain the garden and create a community gardening group within the centre.
Summer 2018: By summer, we are hoping to have established a small group of volunteers, and start work on reshaping and planning our library sensory garden.
Become a Community Garden Volunteer!
We need you in order to bring our community garden project to life. We are looking for keen gardeners who are able to give up one or two hours per fortnight to help look after the garden including pruning, weeding and planting. We would like to establish a core group of knowledgeable volunteers who will be able to help look after and maintain the garden initially, and eventually, we would like to encourage those who perhaps are less experienced to join in, and learn from you.
Your contribution will help create a true sense of community that anyone can be a part of, to socialise, learn a new skill and get their hands dirty!
If you would be interested in becoming a Garden Volunteer, please contact us by phone or email and ask for Ricky:
Phone: 020 8296 1287
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.
The rest of the garden will be transformed into a space which encourages native flora and fauna to flourish, as well as demonstrating how planting the right plants can have a massive impact on important pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies. We aim to create a space that attracts 19 of the UK’s 59 butterfly species, and encourages them to breed on site. As part of the wildlife garden, we want to develop the following elements:
- Butterfly Boardwalk – Our boardwalk will be planted up with nectar rich plants to provide an essential feeding station for pollinating insects throughout the year.
- Wildflower Bank – Our sunny embankment will be planted up with some of our native wildflowers, creating a small meadow space which is perfect for bees and butterflies.
- Wildlife Pond – As part of our ongoing plans for the garden, we would like to secure funding to install a wildlife pond into the garden.