Arkwright Meadows Community GardenTagged as: climate-action environmentalism food garden growing local-communities
Neighbourhoods: meadows nottingham
Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens was created by local Meadows residents coming together to transform part of this disused, unloved, rubbish-strewn playing field into a green space for the local people to use.
In 2001, Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens was created by local Meadows residents coming together to transform part of this disused, unloved, rubbish-strewn playing field into a green space for the local people to use. Local residents now enjoy the benefits of a safe space for family events, place of learning and opportunity to buy freshly-grown fruit and vegetables.
By July 2003, with the help of volunteers and partnerships with local training schemes, the Gardens started to transform; native hedging and orchard trees were planted, new members signed up. A triple-skinned polytunnel was erected and the curved walls and raised beds built. Over the following years the Gardens have further developed into an oasis in the heart of the Meadows, with residents regularly coming to buy vegetables, hundreds of attendees at events and numerous daily visitors.
In 2007 we successfully secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund to continue our work and aims for a further five years. It has allowed us to employ additional staff and enables us to extend our reach to the many diverse groups found within the Meadows community.
And what of the future? Our next step is to design and construct an eco-building, a space which will play host to more events, house training in horticulture and food practices, act as a meeting place for the local community and allow us to extend winter opening hours.
Arkwright Meadows Community Garden
off Wilford Grove
Nottingham NG2 2HZ
0115 986 7777
'Fresh' Project at Ecoworks, St Ann's Allotments
Sumac Garden Project, looking verdant [Food for the Future]
"Food for the Future" skillshare session at the Sumac centre
Sumac Garden Project, looking verdant 2 [Food for the Future]
much more 'Tash on Food' at:
Straw Bale Building at Meadows Community Garden
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