Community Garden

Community Garden

in Ideas by Ed Tarr
Time to vote! Any green fingered folk out there? A few people have expressed a wish to see the development of a Garve & District Community Garden.

Community Garden - Where and How?

We have already been approached by a few people about starting up a community garden, ideas so far have been:-
  • Full mobility access
  • Some raised beds
  • Potting shed
  • Polytunnel
  • Children's section

How would we manage the community garden?

Where would the community garden be?

What would we need to help us set it up?

Please vote on the idea and let us have as many comments as possible to help us give it some more thought.
 

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Questions & Comments

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Blair Millen said:

A few thoughts on a community garden:

  • first of all, I think it's a great idea. Somewhere nice to sit, socialise and enjoy our surroundings. This means we'd need plenty of benches (with some in shaded areas too)
  • would the garden be for visitors as well as local residents? If so, do we provide additional facilities, like a toilet?
  • some flowers to greet visitors from both ends of the village would be a nice inclusion. I noticed Beauly has recently installed rather fetching flower arrangements at entrances/exits
  • allotments might be a nice idea for people who want to try their hand at growing vegetables or flowers?
  • as with any enterprise like this, volunteers are a necessity
  • finding a suitable location may be a challenge*
  • running a community garden would need experienced hands, not just those with green fingers, but also in terms of management. And volunteers of course
  • gardening tools could be donated?

* of course, once we source a decent plot of land for our community hub, we may find it includes a suitable piece of land too. If all else fails, everyone's welcome to come round and do my garden :-)

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Ed Tarr said:

Great Blair!  It's socialising potential and giving the village gateways is a great idea. We have some very good gardeners in our community so managing a Community Garden would be no problem. Come on people let your thoughts be known and vote on this idea. I If you know anyone who does not do Web help them get their ideas on the community website.

It certainly gets my vote

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Lynne Shearer said:

I also think this is a great idea - we all know how good gardening is for the mind and body and a great education for young people too.  A wildlife garden would be great - we could maybe rope in Beechgrove Garden to help build it as they often get involved in community projects.

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Jean Bailey said:

This is a great idea, I would willingly offer to help, as I really think the garden keeps me sort of fit and mentally challenged tryingng to remember all the plant names. I only hope somewhere could be found.

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Carolyn Illingworth said:

Great idea.  Sue tarr is a qualified gardener, ed tells us, he and dorrie have an interesting garden.  I'm sure there would be many locals in favour.

Carolyn illingworth

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Jeanette Fenwick said:

Sounds good to me. From what I’ve seen on Beechgrove and other gardening programmes a community garden is a great way of socialising with the added bonus of lovely produce and flowers to enjoy! 

Raised beds are great as so easy to look after and protect from rabbits! 

I’ve had great fun learning the ropes of veggie growing in my own garden and whilst not an expert I’d be happy to muck in and donate spare seeds. 

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Jackie West said:

Great idea - agree with all comments. Parking might need to be considered too.

And how about, for those of us not so green fingered, selling plants (that we know will grow with some success in this terrain) with the proceeds ploughed back into garden/resources therein. (Apologies for pun!)

: - )

Jackie

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Sadie-Michaela Harris said:

Love this idea, I only learned of the suggestion on joining the site as a member this morming. 

Simon and I are up for helping in anyway that we can in community projects, we moved to The Cottage at Strathgarve Farm in May 2017. A shared herb garden would be a useful addition to a community garden. Ullapool has a small wooden boat for this purpose, it seems to be well used and tended. A community garden really would also be a great way of bring old and young together - children love to grow things and not all have access to a garden, likewise elderly people that enjoyed gardening but can no longer manage one of their own would bring a wealth of knowledge.

Great idea! Sadie

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Simon Friend said:

Hi I'm Sadie's partner Simon and I've always enjoyed growing vegetables and the flowers that grow sympathetically alongside..unfortunately my work takes me away from time to time and it means any garden has to be able to survive without much tlc! A community garden would certainly be a solution and I'd happily help out when I'm around! Gardening is so beneficial at all levels for all ages and capabilities and would hopefully provide some local produce that I'm sure would be tastier than supermarket veg! It would also benefit the bee population and if anyone local had the knowledge we could look at some hives and who knows some Garve Honey!

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Laura Lee McWhinney said:

This is a great idea, parking and a toilet would need to be considered. 

I love the idea of a herb garden within it too. Really hope we can get this rolling.

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Marc Harris said:

There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm for a garden, some great ideas suggested, Debbie and I would love to learn and help in some way time permitting, we will be whatching with interest.

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Ed Tarr said:

Thanks for the offer of help to you and all the others who have offered.We should maybe get together and talk things out. What are the feelings of all our interested folk? It would be good to get something started for next year's season

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Tina Hartley said:

Comment from Kenny MacLean:-

If Pam donates a tree out of her own pocket, so will I.  Perhaps others might like to do the same … the mini orchard and community growing older together!

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Kenny Maclean said:

Another way could be to ask local business's or local estates to sponsor/supply trees for the mini orchard.  Help to bring everyone together to achieve the same goal.  Ofcourse aquiring land would be the first issue.

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Kenny Maclean said:

A friend sent me this who may also be interested in donating a tree ... https://www.barcham.co.uk/

Sadie-Michaela Harris said:

Hello All,

Watching BBC Countryfile this evening 17th Feb and heard about a woodland management and woodfuel co-operative. Seemed a great idea, wondering if there would be any interest in such a scheme here in our community. Info here  http://www.axewoods.org.uk/about-us

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Tina Hartley said:

Thanks for this, interesting.  I know from feedback Lucy and I are receiving some community members are interested in this.  Would you like to add it as an idea and we can open it up as a post in its own right for people to comment on?

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Sue Tarr said:

It is also something that the Energy Group has been looking at - and received a lot of supporting comments from members of the community.

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