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Green Man Community Garden

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Volunteer Opportunity:

Due to the conclusion of funding for this project, Bedford Borough Council are seeking committed volunteers to help us to revive, maintain & enhance the space which has become a little overgrown and in need for some TLC on a weekly/monthly basis.

If you would like to set up a volunteer group to work in the Green Man Garden and bring it back to life by working with Bedford Borough Council then please contact volunteering@bedford.gov.uk



The Green Man Community Garden is a project  that was created to enhance a plot of disused land in Addison Howard Park in Kempston. The garden tucked away from the busier aspects of the park offers the perfect setting for a peaceful space which can be used as an outdoor classroom for groups, a venue for small activities and events, a haven for wildlife and a respite from busy daily life.

The project was launched in January 2011 following community consultation and the garden has since seen a wide range of groups, residents, volunteers and local schools get involved and benefit from this wonderful resource.

The garden was successfully awarded a Grantscape Community Greenspace grant to enable a range of infrastructure to be put in place and to develop the ways in which the garden can be used by the community.


Since 2011 the garden has been used for many different things including school visits, pumpkin carving, yoga, mother and toddler sessions, workshops, wellbeing sessions and summer fetes.

green man bench

Some of the garden's many features include; raised planters for vegetables, tomato trough, herb planters, flower beds, minibeest mansion, potting shed, carved features such as cat bench, painted mural and heritage fruit trees.





Previous events in the Garden


Easter Gardening Event

green man easter eventOn Wednesday 16th April 2014 we held an easter gardening event in the garden. 13 volunteers attended (9 of which were children) to give the garden a bit of a spring clean. In the two hours we accomplished quite a lot including mowing the grass, weeding, re barking areas and planting seeds. We also held an easter egg hunt for the children that attended.




Family Activity Daygreen man mural event

On the 22nd August we held a family activity day in the garden which was very well attended. In the morning we started our mini mosaics and started work painting the butterflies and dragonflies on the fencing. After a picnic we spent the afternoon grouted the mosaics and playing some fun garden games. 




Pumpkin Party

pumpkin partyOn the 27th October we held a pumpkin party which started from Project 229 in Kempston. 21 children attended and scooped out and carved the pumpkins. We then played some halloween games and had hot chocolate before making our way to the Green Man Garden. As the sun was setting, we placed all the pumpkins on the main table and lit them, and a winner was chosen.




planter painting in the gardenPlanter Painting Session

On Wednesday 18th February we were joined by 10 Junior Street Champions to paint up the new mini planters for the garden. We also had time to clear out two of the big raised planters and top up with some green compost. Thankfully the weather was very kind and we held a barbecue lunch with hotdogs and bbq chocolate bananas.





The garden is always open to the public and if you can spare half an hour or so please feel free to pop to the garden and do some maintenance jobs, there is always some weeding and watering to be done!


 green man spring pic

The Community Garden (April 2014).







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