As the end of May rapidly approaches, we can look back with pride at the transformation of the site. In little more than a quarter of a year, what was once an abandoned and neglected wasteland has become a vibrant community hub and much needed green space. It's an incredible achievement!
And what's more,... with the the weather improving and summer approaching, our plotholders will finally be able to take the time to sit back and appreciate the hard work they have put into making their gardens a reality.
Our conservation commitments
When the concept of community gardens was first discussed, the Landowners made it clear that environmental sustainability and conservation would remain a major factor in the site's future.
We have dedicated over a quarter of the sites area to the creation of wildflower meadow and pollinator habitat, supporting the internationally important mining bee population present in the adjoining SSSI.
We have committed to restoring the traditional field boundaries that were removed during the site's past use. To achieve this, we have planted more than one thousand native hedgerow species, creating a vibrant and flourishing hedgerow habitat.
In the coming months, we will be taking further steps to support local ecology by installing bird boxes and constructing insect habitats and bug hotels. We invite our Plotholders to join us and set aside a small area of your plot to do the same.
Site improvement works
We are constantly striving to make the site better, create a better environment and be a good neighbour.
We replaced the damaged culvert section at the entrance to site, improving the flow of water from Crane Brook, under the M6 Toll Road, preventing downstream blockages that could lead to surface water flooding.
For the safety of our Plotholders and to deter crime, we have installed remotely monitored CCTV around the site and employ a local security company who can respond in the event of an issue.
We have sown a hardy grass seed mix in much of the public open space, including the roughly triangular area next to plot 9. This area has been designated for a community fire pit and seating.
If you have any ideas on how we can enhance the community gardens, please let us know. We are always open to exploring new concepts and approaches.
New look Licence Agreement
At the request of our insurers, we have recently updated our License Agreement. These changes will take effect for all Plotholders from March next year. Although the terms and conditions have been altered, they remain largely the same.
Organising a committee
We are still searching for Plotholders who would like to join the Community Garden Committee. If you are interested and can commit a small amount of time each month to help with the running of the site, planning of future events and liaising with Plotholders, please speak to Lewis.
Will more garden plots be made available?
We have the capacity to expand our community gardens and are aiming to provide an additional 20 garden plots for next year. If you would like to reserve one of these plots, please complete the application form found on our website.
If you have any questions or need to get in touch, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org