In 2016 and 2017, we 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 thatthey use for various groups to meet and socialise. When we started, the garden was run-down and inaccessible due to a big step down to get in. So, during 2016, we redesigned the garden and spent several months bringing it back to life.
Following the Environment theme from the previous year, we decided to make the garden from as many recycled and reused objects as possible. We also added in some special homes and feeders for bugs, birds and bees to encourage wildlife to visit the garden.
This project was managed by one of our Wednesday groups. It was inspired by a competition that 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.