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! More information is available on the Events page, and below is a summary:
- Sunday 7th May 2017, 11am-2pm: visit the garden and take part in some gardening activities. We are also offering a free workshop: “How to create a Pollinator Street” all about how to support pollinating insects in your garden. Brunch will be available to buy from Waterloo Cottage Farm.
- Thursday 11th May 2017, 10am-12pm: an Action Day, where we will be planting out seedlings raised in the polytunnel.
- Sunday 11th June 2017, 10am-3pm: Open Farm Sunday, the biggest event of the year! We’ll have activities for all the family including building a bug hotel and sowing seeds. Take a tour of Waterloo Cottage farm and meet the animals. Be one of the first to see the yurts constructed on the farm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Keep in touch with what is happening at the garden via our Facebook page.
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