Hi folks

Spring is definitely springing in the garden.  I love this time of year and on a sunny Wednesday with a fab team of volunteers anything seems possible.  We’ve had a great winter of fixing, sorting, building and tidying and springing into the 2024 growing season and the garden is looking great and our sheds are (currently) glorious beacons of organisation and order.   And if the tadpoles are wriggling, the birds are singing and the polytunnels are filling up with seedlings then it must be nearly time for our…

BIG SPRING FAIR 1pm-4pm Saturday 11th May!
They’ll be gorgeous songs and harmonies from our pals the fabulous Break Out Choir and trad bangers from garden stalwarts What the Folk?! and debuting this year and filling the air with music- the wonderful Gasworks Singers!  Our fabulous storyteller MIke is back and we have loads FREE activities for kids and the young at heart like drumming, pond dipping, May Crown making, face painting, art and crafts and MORE. The garden is wheelchair accessible including the compost loo and we’ll have a quiet sensory space indoors. There’ll also be loads of lovely cake and delicious pizza fresh from the clay oven.  Entrance is £4 for adults of £2 for children or just pay what you can because money shouldn’t be a barrier and everyone is welcome regardless of funds.  And if you like to bake and donate a cake to us that’d be very gratefully received!

We’ve been very busy sowing and propagating and pricking out and potting on so we’ve got loads of lovely heritage vegetable seedlings and a load drought proof, slug proof, very easy to grow flowering perennials that will be available to buy – all grown chemical free and in peat free compost right on your doorstep.  So  please come along and tell all  your friends and leave with some of lovely plants.

We are starting back our lovely toddler group next week and WE HAVE SPACES!  It’s a lovely relaxed session of digging, playing, harvesting, crafting, exploring nature, climbing, chatting, riding around in small cars, pond dipping and coming together for singing and a story.  We’re a friendly bunch, there’s hot drink available and there’s always something exciting happening on a tiny level – a new caterpillar, a worm ball, a new tasty thing to try. We run term time Tuesdays or Fridays 10-11:30 and we’re starting 16th/19th April and we’re aimed at  18 months to pre-schoolers. We take bookings by the term and it’s £8 or lower price £6 session and £3/£2.50 for extra siblings, babies are free and there are some free places if money is a barrier to you joining. There’s more info on our website at HERE  You can book the spot HERE or get in touch at ghcgarden@gmail.com to join the waiting list for September.

This winter has been the wettest we’ve ever had in the garden with more flooding then ever.  We had to put off sowing seeds outdoors as things were just too cold and soggy, and we delayed planting out seedlings because of cold, harsh winds but today it finally feels like weather that plants would like to grow in but who know what comes next??

Right now our beds are mulched, our secateurs are sharpened, we’ve got newly built shelves, tidy sheds, some lovely new signage and loads of seedlings and we’ve ready for whatever the 2024 growing season throws at us!  If you’d like to join us please come along any Wednesday.  We’re here 10-4 and new folks are welcome along at 12 or 2:30 for a tour or just come when you can. No need to come every week or stay all day, no experience necessary and we’ve always got a range of jobs to suit different energy levels. Come! We’re a friendly bunch and we’d love to have you along 🙂

AND finally we’re on Instagram! A friendly young person has even taught me how me make reels. We’re @ghcommunitygarden so if you like this sort of thing please come give us a follow and validate my efforts! 🙂


See you in the garden!



Lucy Mitchell 
(she/her)Community Project Worker
07506 905 394
e: ghcgarden@gmail.com
i: @ghccommunitygarden