Community Garden

Community Garden: Gravel Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 6LT

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Transition Wilmslow Food Group has been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to create a community garden at ‘The Temp’ on Gravel Lane, Wilmslow where we have already established an orchard. We hope to enthuse the local community with the pleasures of growing their own produce.  A grant funded by the Tudor Trust via Community Futures and donations from the Yorkshire Building Society coupled with private donations gave us enough money to make a start to the project in 2012.

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More raised beds, 17th February 2017

A small group of volunteers from Transition Wilmslow worked hard to build six more raised beds in the community garden at The Temp, Gravel lane. The work was made possible by a massive contribution from Frankland Tree Services who delivered timber, tools, fittings, top soil and woodchip which was spread around the beds to inhibit weeds. The beds are arranged in a pattern amongst the apple trees that form a small orchard and it was pleasing to note that the three new trees planted two weeks earlier are doing very well.

The new beds triple the available growing area and this Summer should see a significant crop of vegetables. The aims include showing people what can be achieved, inspiring them to grow some of their own food at home, encouraging healthy outdoor activity and fostering community spirit. In the Spring it is planned to involve scouts and guides in planting and caring for the vegetables but anyone is welcome. We are always looking to widen the range of helpers so if you would like to be involved contact us on transitionwilmslow@gmail.com

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Damaged trees replaced, 4 February 2017

We were at ‘The Temp’ orchard and community garden at Gravel Lane, Wilmslow to replace three damaged apple trees.  Chris talked us through the whole process; how deep to dig the holes; where to place the support stakes, how high to build up the surrounding soil.

It was also a good opportunity to discuss the position of the additional raised beds that will soon be built in between the trees.

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An evening’s work, 28 September 2016

We went along to the Community Garden at The Temp this evening.  There was some produce to harvest – runner beans, cabbages, potatoes and lettuce.  The nasturtiums had nearly taken over one of the beds, but we left them to keep flowering.  A few nearby residents have enjoyed picking the herbs.  All the apples have gone.  Unfortunately two fruit trees have been destroyed and one is struggling to grow – all due to vandalism.

Future plans for the Group include tidying up the orchard at Meriton Park in Handforth, planting replacement fruit trees at The Temp in Gravel Lane, Wilmslow and constructing more raised beds there too.  All to be discussed at our next meeting. See the diary page for details
We would like to reach out to more people in the local area – particularly young families, so if you know of anyone who might be interested do let us know via transitionwilmslow@gmail.com.

Wilmslow in Bloom 2016

Our community garden is included in ‘Wilmslow in Bloom’ for the first time.

The theme this year is ‘Butterflies and Bees’.

Friday 29 July 2016 is ‘Judgement Day’!  Read more here

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 ‘Seedling Swap Saturday’ 11am-2.30pm, 14 May 2016

We will be planting up our raised beds and hosting our annual veggie seedling swap event at the community vegetable garden beside the orchard at ‘The Temp’ recreation ground on Gravel Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 6LT (between Cottage Grove & Beechfield Avenue).  As well as an opportunity to swap surplus seedlings there will be stalls, refreshments and activities suitable for all the family.

Prepared Beds 02The raised beds are ready – Come and join in the fun!

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Seedy Saturday 10am-1pm, 26 April 2014

Once again we invite you to take part in our seed and seedling swap event at the Community Garden and Orchard on Gravel Lane. Between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 26 April there is an opportunity to bring along surplus vegetable seeds and seedlings to swap for someone else’s surplus! The Food Group will be planting out the raised beds that were so productive last year. There will also be stalls and activities. Even if you don’t have anything to swap, we welcome you to come along to our Seedy Saturday, see the raised beds and enjoy cakes and refreshments”

Getting ready for planting the veggies

Getting ready for planting the veggies

For directions see: Seedy Saturday 2014

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Rounding up the year 2013

The Community Garden was opened in April at The Temp Park in Gravel Lane with a seed and seedling swap party that coincided with WTC officially opening the new swings.

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Alongside our Orchard there are now raised beds that have had a very productive season.

Also at the Temp there has been much interest in a fabulous “bottoms bench” made by Frankland Tree Services from a whole tree trunk with different sized seats for different sized bottoms!    IMG_0096

We widened our involvement in the community by helping the residents and staff of Lime Tree Court Hostel in Colshaw to build raised beds in their back garden so that they could start growing their own vegetables.

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Successful stalls were held at both at the Wilmslow Show in July and at the Wilmslow Artisan Market in September promoting the work of the Food Group with fabulous Community Garden hampers for raffles.

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Update 22 May 2013

Our first outdoor meeting at the Community Garden.  Seeds and seedlings planted at the Garden Launch are thriving.  More planting of beans, radishes and basil.

Saturday 27 April 2013: Launch of the Community Garden & Seedling Swap Event

Gravel Lane, Wilmslow at ‘The Temp’ Park between Cottage Grove and Beechfield Ave.

The Gravel Lane community garden is coming along nicely with the newly built and manured raised beds awaiting planting. The Food Group will be launching the garden and planting the beds on Saturday, 27th April at 2pm. They will also be having a seed and seedling swap so save all your surplus and bring with you. All welcome to come along and get involved. Refreshments will be provided. Details here: Community Garden Event

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1st December 2012

On a beautiful crisp sunny Saturday morning volunteers from Transition Wilmslow, led by Chris Frankland and Garry Olson, got stuck in and completed the first three raised beds of the Community Garden in Gravel Lane Park.  These are set within the orchard that was planted in 2011.  The trees that provided the wood for the raised beds came from felled Corsican Pines from the Unitarian Chapel in Hale Barns. The wood was cut to size and treated at Chris’s workshop before being transported to the garden site and assembled.  Some serious digging and wood chip spreading kept the volunteers occupied all morning.

The next task is to obtain compost to add to the soil during the winter and to build some compost bins so that next year we have a ready supply of our own.

In the spring we will be planting out our first vegetables.  We hope that local people will come along and get involved and then later in the summer be able to enjoy the harvest.

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Volunteers hard at work

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Day’s work done!

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