Wimborne Community Garden in association with Beaucroft College.
We want to create a special place where people from all areas of the community feel welcome, valued and able to participate in and benefit from being part of the Community Garden: a space for mutual growth and benefit.
We have pledged that 25% of all we grow will always go to support the local Wimborne Food Bank.
We are delighted that we will also have the opportunity to support Beaucroft students in growing produce for their café.
We want the Garden to be a space that offers a place to enhance wellbeing. There is a vast amount of evidence to show gardening provides both physical and mental benefits to us all. Being outdoors can: improve our mood by reducing stress/anger; help us take time out to feel relaxed; improve physical health; improve confidence and self-esteem; help make new connections; provide peer support. We want our Garden to be a sanctuary where this takes place.
We want to provide the opportunity for those who are less confident to work alongside more knowledgeable gardeners, with a view to increasing self-assurance and the possibility of entering the world of work.
The garden will be a place where no individual has their ‘own plot’ but rather the garden is worked on as a community.
As the project grows and develops we would like to be able to provide sufficient tables and chairs to allow celebratory shared eating to become a feature of the garden.
We want our Garden to be a place people want to be in.
On April 23rd, we asked the Wimborne community to come and look at three designs we had for the Garden and to choose their favourite – which they did.
Once we had our chosen plan, the next thing was to call for a ‘Big Dig’ and so over the weekend of May 7th and 8th, we had approximately 50 people come and join us and start putting the paper design in to action! By the end of the weekend the field was transformed with 18 dug veg and flower beds,a huge ‘no’dig’ area had been prepared, magical ‘turf creatures’ had been made in the ‘children’s ‘ area and 10 cubic metres of compost was barrowed and put to good use!
Since then, many seeds have been sown, seedlings planted out, the wild area has a compost bin system created, we have sorted out access to water and so the list goes on. As the summer approaches, so our first harvest will gradually come to fruition and we will be well on our way!
The Garden is open every:
Wednesday 9.00 – 12.30
Friday 1.00 – 4.00
Sunday 2.30 – 4.00
You are SO welcome to come and join us! There are always jobs to do ranging from hard physical ones to other, more delicate jobs.
Our raised beds will soon be up and ready to use: these will be high enough to be wheelchair friendly , not-so-easy-to-bend-friendly and the area round them will be paved.
So do come along and let’s see what we can achieve together!
This is our Wish List..at the moment!
If you know where we could get any of these things, please do let us know!
- Scaffolding planks
- Shed for tools
- Skilled patio layer
- Skilled raised bed maker
- Wooden Benches
- Wooden tables
- Sensory Garden plants
- Large teapot
- Potting up trays
- Hand tools
- Wood for making a ramp to the pavilion
- Wood for making a pergola
- Irrigation hose piping
- Watering cans
- Long hose
- Large polytunnel
- Pond plants
- We’re also looking at ways of getting water and power on site.
- Stainless steel nails for putting bird boxes up.
- Wood for making board walk through the wild area behind the pavilion.