Guest blog, by Linda Scrutton from Dunston Community Garden
Dunston Community Garden was born out of a request for ideas to spruce up the area around the village hall. This Spring, the gardeners have been transforming that land, making it more beautiful, welcoming to people and wildlife, and delicious – with flowers, fruit trees, veggies and more…
Since the space around the village hall was allocated, village volunteers have nearly cleared all along the sunny hedging, and most of the branches, trimmings and dead blackberry vines have been taken away.
Most of it has been planted with donated plants, including strawberries, perpetual onions, wild garlic and rhubarb.
So far the group has twenty-five members, plus 3 youngsters who have come along with their parents and helped.
One young girl planted a small tree and delighted in writing her own label! I think she will be back!
One of our members is now working his way along the beck, clearing the suckers and dead branches and making the beck accessible – much to the delight of visitors.
It is such a pleasure to walk or sit by the sparkling beck-side, as it flows past the community centre and under the bridge!
The group has received a 1000 litre water container to affix to a downpipe, to supply the garden with water from the village hall roof; a wheelbarrow has been rescued from a skip; and the raised beds are due by the next bank holiday – fingers crossed – together with topsoil.
Just in time to getting down to sowing seeds and accepting veg plants…
Once the raised beds are completed, filled, the seeds sown and the young plants planted out and growing nicely, the next stage will be to establish some signage.
Dunston Community Garden welcomes donations of time, plants and materials, and has so far been built entirely by the generosity, goodwill and resourcefulness of local people.
The group is in the process of setting up a community bank account, in order to access funding and accept donations of money, and accomplish even more!
You can follow developments on the Dunston Community Garden Group’s Facebook page, and get involved if you live locally.
If you don’t live in Dunston, it is a source of inspiration: what might be possible in your community? Check out our Incredible Edible page for more ideas, links and resources.
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