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Green Man Community Garden

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Volunteer Opportunity:

If you live in Kempston or fancy joining a community garden project on a voluntary basis then the Green Man Garden may be right up your street! This little gem, tucked away in the corner of Addison Park has been given a new lease of life by a group of talented and friendly volunteers. If you fancy helping out in the future, and becoming a Green Man Gardener, let us know by emailing volunteering@bedford.gov.uk . No experience necessary.  

 

The Group

This proactive volunteer group operate in a small garden located at the back of Addison Park (near to The Grange/Pidgen Club). They take part in tasks on a weekly basis, coordinated by Pat, who takes the rains with an enormous amount of contribution and ideas from the rest of the group. Tasks range from planting to clearing to hosting community events. The group have completely transformed the garden over the last year, and it is now once again a tranquil and natural environment for all to enjoy. 

The wildlife is certainly relishing the new garden installations, from a small pond to numerous herb, veggie and fruit boxes.

green man bench

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background:

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 is tucked away from the busier aspects of the park and offers the perfect setting and 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.

 

Between 2011 and 2015 the garden was used for many different things including school visits, pumpkin carving, yoga, mother and toddler sessions, workshops, wellbeing sessions and summer fetes, but unfortunately fell into disrepair after funding ended. A new volunteer group that set up in 2017 put a stop to this and after many months of hard graft, the garden is once again showing signs of its former self.  

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

 

 

Previous events in the Garden

Easter Gardening Event

Family Activity Day

Planter Painting Session

Pumpkin Carving

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green man mural event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

planter painting in the garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Webpage last updated on 23.03.2018

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