Consultation: Uses of the garden

This page forms part of the public consultation which runs until December 14, 2018. We want your ideas so that we can together create a wonderful garden for the Clay Farm community.

Currently (October 2018) the garden is mostly a 'blank canvas'. Its area is outlined in red below. The garden is split by Hobson Avenue running north-south. It will also be split by a cycleway (to be constructed) running east-west following the line of the gas main (solid purple).

In the area between the dashed purple lines ('the easement') planting is limited according to this guidance document.

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.

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4 thoughts on “Consultation: Uses of the garden”

  1. Given the lack of places for socialising in the neighbourhood, the garden may become THE point for meetings.
    What it does not need to be is a place for relaxation – there are plenty of places, e.g. the Park across the brook.

  2. The garden can make a valuable contribution to combatting loneliness. People young and old are often isolated in their homes far from family. Just being in a natural space gardening next to and with others and exchanging occasional conversation or just spending time chatting helps to combat loneliness/isolation.
    Important to involve children and young adults (via their schools or older family members) to learn about their environment and growing food sustainably. Experiencing eating freshly picked food.
    The garden could be part of a summer discovery trail (I think it was Rock Road library that did something similar for community spaces including community gardens last summer) . The trail could include Nightingale Park, Empty Common, Trumpington Orchard, Foster Road allotments, Trumpington Meadows, 9 Wells etc.

  3. Agree with previous comments. It would be good if non-gardeners can be involved, feel it is their space and they can contribute to it. So an area for yoga/tai chi was a suggestion I made in another section (these do overlap!), activities for all ages organised on a regular basis definitely some sessions aimed at people with physical or mental health issues that make gardening both a challenge and a hugely beneficial form of therapy. Workshops could include things like eco-dying fabrics, making beautiful decorations for the garden and the buidling from natural materials etc., which would bring in “crafting/stitching” people.

    These activities all need a lot of local people to be willing to organise and manage a programme and the garden. Engaging people and making sure local residents feeling ownership is critical to the success of the garden so its uses must draw in a wide range of people.

    • Another idea – willow sculpture workshops to make some beautiful willow installations for the garden, maybe using willow harvested from nearby Trumpington Meadows, assuming Wildlife Trust cooperation with that idea.

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