The site of our 1.5 acre Community Garden is a disused playing field and is only 200 yards from the Pit Lane entrance on Hassock Lane South.
Volunteers benefit from sharing knowledge of growing sustainable organic food and making healthy meals, caring for our environment, socialising and making new friends. Our aim is for any surplus food to be shared and donated to a local food bank, Olio and we also put produce into our Veg on the Hedge planter under the notice board for passers-by.
The Community Garden is so much more than a Garden though. It is a safe place for people to come together, share, learn and have fun and for some, the Garden is a place to come and reflect and just be. The space is used by a variety of people for many different reasons and that is what makes it so special! In 2022, just some of the things the Garden was used for include ecstatic dance sessions, a stargazing evening, local history talks, propagation class, Easter fun day, a Wildlife interactive day, Greenfolk Festival, Wellness Day and picnics and firepit evenings.
Here are just some of the highlights from 2022!
It is quite hard to believe that SEAG only started work on the Community Garden in September 2019 when it was just a field. It goes to show what can be achieved when a group of people come together with some enthusiasm and willingness to give a bit of their time up to volunteer. SEAG couldn’t be prouder of what has been achieved and is grateful to each and every one of the volunteers and supporters of the Garden.
Here are some pictures showing how things progressed from 2019
ONE YEAR TRANSFORMATION!
Check out the progress we made in the first year of being on site by watching this lovely video and our special edition Newsletter which goes into more detail about how we have achieved the different projects and used permaculture and sustainable practices.
How to get involved
We would love to welcome members of the community anytime between 1 pm – 4 pm on Wednesdays (summer months only) and 10 am – 1 pm on Saturday mornings. Come down and join us, refreshments are provided and you will always be met by friendly faces and enthusiasm.
You can contact us here to find out more information about volunteering at the Community Garden.
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- Community Garden feature in GreenSPring ProjectIn May 2022 the Garden hosted its second Greenfolk Festival and members of Shipley Eco Action Group and volunteers were interviewed for a feature in the GreenSPring Project about green social prescribing. Hear from those involved about how and why the Garden came to be and how the space is used for […]
- WassailingWe held our first Wassail at the Community Garden in January 2023. A Wassail has its roots in pagan rituals, we blessed the trees in the food forest for a good harvest. The wonderful ceremony involved welcoming the good spirits and scaring away the not-so-good spirits to keep the trees in good health […]
- Wellness DayWe recently realised a vision we have had for some time and held our first Wellness event at the Community Garden. Volunteers led a small group in Yoga, QiGong, Ecstatic Dance, Meditation and Mindfulness practices. Guests also enjoyed Reiki treatments and massage with the beautiful Weleda products. Thanks to volunteers, handmade Tipis […]