The Community Garden Group already has links to Headway (a charity for people with acquired brain injury), our nearest school, Trumpington Park Primary, and Trumpington Allotment Society (which manages Foster Road allotments). We would like to expand links and partnerships with other local community groups, including our immediate neighbours on Clay Farm allotments.
- How do you think the garden could be used for community groups?
- Do you know of groups who might like to be involved with us?
- How do you think the community building could support the allotment holders in particular and other groups in the neighbourhood?
- How could the garden support our community in other ways?
Designing, developing and managing a community space of this size will take time and effort.
How might you like to be involved?
There are “backroom” roles such as publicity, social media, treasurer, care of the building. Or there are lead roles for specific things in the garden such as composting, care of seating areas or the pond. Or you could just join in with a bit of gardening, when you can drop in.
Let us know what you might contribute.
The Steering Group recently produced a drawing showing how we might divide the garden into various zones.
Here are some possible uses of the garden:
- gardening together (formal and informal opportunities)
- growing trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits and vegetables
- providing habitat and fodder plants for wildlife
- socialising and eating together
- providing opportunities for skill-sharing and learning about gardening, healthy-eating and processing home-grown produce
- providing quiet, secluded areas for relaxation
- providing examples of good garden design
- a venue for gardening, food related and other activities (e.g. meetings, clubs and social events)
- a venue for Horticultural Therapy and gardening-for-wellbeing
- contributing to and enhancing the biodiversity of the Clay Farm developments
How would you use the garden? Please tell us which of these you would get involved in and/or suggest others.
Here are some features that we could have in the garden:
- trees, fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, flowering shrubs & climbers – ideally using native plants and providing specific fodder species
- variety of growing spaces – raised beds, borders, under glass, tubs/pots, espaliers/fans, hedgerow
- habitats for wildlife – plants, trees, hedges, bird, bat, bug and hedgehog boxes, hibernaculars, bee hives
- pond – safe – pond dipping and wildlife habitat
- boundaries – walls for espalier/fan trained fruits – hedges (can be laid)
- polytunnel/ indoor growing space
- seating areas – sun and shade – turf “benches”
- compost areas – for recycling garden waste on-site
- bays for leaves/woodchip/soil conditioner – for receiving deliveries of useful (and often free) biomass
- arches at each entrance – these are already funded through the Public Arts money associated with the development and will be designed by Nils Norman, who created the hides on the Country Park and the bridge across the brook nearby (yet to be installed). Watch this space for drawings and proposals coming soon.
Of the features above, which would be your favourites? What would you add? Where would you put them (refer to the ‘blank canvas’ above), and why?
The building has outline planning permission as part of the overall site plan and is expected to include:
- storage area
- meeting room
- mains water
- four parking spaces
Details of external and internal design and features are still to be determined. One restriction already identified is that cooking facilities will not be included, although there can be a tea point.
A recently finished example of a building is that on the allotment site at the nearby Nine Wells development, although this facility serves a much smaller site.
Here are some questions about the building:
- What functions should it support?
- How would you like to use the building? For example: social events for the garden, classes/workshops in garden related topics, selling local produce, seed/plant swaps…what else?
- Where should it be sited? NB no part of the building can be within the easement.
- What size should it be?
- What finishes should the building have? For example, rustic, or like a shed… or what?
What other questions occur to you about the building, and what answers can you offer?
We believe that the cycle path will have a chicane design at each end to slow cyclists at junction points. Here are some questions about the cycle path:
- How can the design ensure safety at the Hobson Road crossing?
- What should the four entrances/exits be like? Designs are being drawn up for arches, watch this space for drawings coming soon.
- What garden features should there be along the cycle path’s route?
- Should there be lighting?
What other questions occur to you about the cycle path, and what answers can you offer?