Opening of Community Roots Garden – A Blooming Success

The recent Family Fun Day was a shining hit, filled with sunshine and the lively spirit of the community. The garden’s grand opening was a memorable moment, with Managing Director Brian Robertson-Fern doing the honors and Brag Trustee Lindsay Stewart cutting the ribbon. Families enthusiastically participated in the “plant-a-salad-pot” activity, resulting in 50 pots of lettuce and spinach seedlings to take home. The day was packed with fun, especially for the kids who enjoyed planting potatoes and playing with adorable week-old baby chicks.

The community garden is now buzzing with activity, thanks to five new allotment holders and a bunch of enthusiastic volunteers. The garden team is always excited to welcome new members to their green-thumbed gang. The volunteer hours are:

  • Sunday: 11:00 – 13:00
  • Monday: 10:00 – 18:00
  • Tuesday: 10:00 – 18:00

Everyone is encouraged to share this schedule with anyone who might want to drop by and soak in the garden’s charm.

In just under a month, the polytunnel is already bursting with produce. Fresh lettuces have been donated to Pantry@Brag, and the courgettes are ready to pick. Soon, there will be a bounty of tomatoes, chillies, pumpkins, butternut squash, and corn. Outside, the garden beds are thriving with potatoes, peas, beetroot, parsnips, radishes, and celery. We are also gearing up to plant beans soon, which are always a hit for snacking straight from the garden.

Residents of the KY5 area interested in an allotment bed can reach out to [email protected].uk. We invite everyone to join in nurturing this beautiful space and enjoy the rewards of homegrown produce.

Beyond the tangible harvest, the garden offers a wonderful opportunity for community bonding and environmental stewardship. New members will find themselves among like-minded individuals who share a passion for gardening and sustainability. The garden also serves as an educational space where both adults and children can learn about horticulture, organic farming, and the joys of growing one’s own food. With plans for seasonal workshops and events, the garden promises to be a vibrant hub of activity and learning all year round.

Together, we are not just growing a garden; we are growing a vibrant community.