Since autumn 2014, Sustainable Harborough have been developing a community garden in partnership with Waterloo Cottage Farm. Sustainable farmers Kirsty and Angus shared a vision for a patch of land on their farm to become a garden for local residents to enjoy growing fruit and vegetables. This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone looking for space to grow food and create habitats for wildlife in a beautiful rural farm setting. How the garden has taken shape: Local volunteers began to get involved by helping to clear the area of weeds in autumn 2014 and a planning group formed to draw up initial plans. The group visited an established community garden in Corby and they have also received advice from The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens. Farmer, Angus kindly prepared the land using a power-harrow and volunteers have continued to prepare the land, build raised beds, compost bays, fruit patches and have now started growing vegetables. In 2015-16 volunteers built a polytunnel and created eight new beds. To encourage wildlife we have planted a Buzzing Border and built two bug hotels. See the photo gallery below right for early photos through to more recent photos.
How to get involved: Come along to a forthcoming Action Day or event!
Action Days are taking place on Mondays throughout September 2016: 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th (10am-12pm). For the rest of the autumn and winter, Action Days will become less frequent, with dates to be confirmed.
We are planning two fun events for autumn 2016, in the evening and at the weekend:
- Wednesday 7th September from 6pm – come and visit the community garden and stay for supper at Waterloo Cottage farm. Tickets cost £8 from the Waterloo Cottage Farm Shop (LE16 8NA) and cover the food and a drink (wine/beer/soft drink).
- Sunday 9th October from 2pm – come and help us pick the fruit in our orchard. This is a free event and you will be able to take some of the fruit home with you.
If you would like to do some gardening at Waterloo Community Garden and come along for an Action Day, simply register your interest with us by emailing email@example.com or call 01858 466207 and we will send you some more details. Then join us for an action day to come and meet others involved and have a full introduction to the garden. Following this you will be able to visit the garden at your leisure (within the times agreed with the farm). If you are interested in becoming more involved with the running and development of the garden you are welcome to join our planning group who meet up fairly regularly.
Find out more:
Keep in touch with what is happening at the garden via our Facebook page.
To be added to the email list, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01858 466207.