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Community Gardening Project


The Community Gardening Project meets every week on a Tuesday and Wednesday (from 9:30am to 4:00pm) at Elder Street Farm, Elder Street, Howletts End, Wimbish, Saffron Walden CB10 2XA.

The main aim of the project is to provide a free gardening service for local elderly people or others who through age, illness or disability are unable to take care of their own gardens. The members, staff and volunteers work together at these gardens to carry out a range of garden maintenance tasks such as mowing the lawn, trimming hedges and weeding the beds. As well as benefiting the owners of the gardens this allows the group members to learn new skills, meet new people and have the satisfaction of helping people and providing a useful service in the community.


As well as providing the gardening service we have an ever-growing range of other garden, plant and food related activities, from sowing seeds and making cuttings, to making and potting up plant boxes from reclaimed wood and beautiful hanging baskets and weaving Christmas wreaths.  We have also been making our own chutney, apple sauce and flavoured oils and attractive clay plant labels.  All of these things and more have been for sale though the Accuro office, at the Herbal Haven stall on Saffron Walden market and at Stonebridge Farm Shop. Members also recently helped sell their wreaths at various Christmas markets.

We are constantly increasing the number of gardens that we visit and the range of activities that we carry out. These include:
Working with local school Newport Free Grammar School to produce a sensory garden at the school.
Undertaking planting and propagating with local business 'Herbal Haven'.
Helping at local nature reserve 'Noakes Grove'.
Also we are starting to grow our own vegetables at the farm for our chutneys, and our latest venture is to have our own stall on Saffron Walden Market on a Tuesday every couple of months.

 

To find out more about the Gardening Project, please email gardening@accuro.org.uk




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