During the last year we have developed a programme called ‘Grow Forth and Propagate’! We are working in collaboration with Abbeyfield Community Project, which hosts events in the local area. They have a wheelchair accessible house which they use for various groups to meet and socialise. When we started, the garden was not very exciting and not accessible, as there is a big step down to get in. So, during the last year we have redesigned the garden and have spent several months making it look fabulous!
Following the Environment theme from last year, we have decided to make the garden from as many recycled and reused objects as possible. We are also trying to encourage wildlife to visit the garden so we have made special homes and feeders for bugs, birds and bees!
This project is being managed by one of our Wednesday groups. It was inspired by a competition we entered called Grow Wild. Grow Wild is the UK’s biggest-ever wild flower campaign, bringing people together to transform local spaces with native, pollinator-friendly wild flowers and plants.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Grow Wild is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Through this millions of people are encouraged to do something positive where they live; connecting with wild flowers, plants and places around them, taking notice of nature, getting active, learning new things and sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm.
These are some of the ideas that our group had at the planning stage of the garden.