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Join us in Exciting Community Gardening Projects

We all garden for different reasons. Some of us do it for the love of growing food, others find gardening an enjoyable way of getting fit whilst creating a beautiful environment. There are large numbers of people who garden in order to encourage wildlife and who are dedicated to trying to restore some of England’s fast disappearing meadows. Other keen gardeners love to sit back on an evening/weekend surrounded by swathes of colour, texture and perfume, delighted in the knowledge that they have been creative.

Whatever our reason for gardening, most of us love sharing our interest and enthusiasm with other like-minded people. We love to discuss our preferred methods of nurturing plants; pick others’ brains for ideas on pest and weed control; exchange seeds and plants and more than anything else, most of us love to share with others what we have created.

When our love for gardening is combined with a desire to improve our community and help promote civic pride and social involvement, community gardening is the perfect activity to get involved in. As a concept, community gardening has been around for centuries; during the Second World War, for example, community allotments were set up on inner-city sites to provide their residents with affordable fresh fruit and vegetables. In the late 1960’s, when the contemporary community gardening movement began, local residents all over the world began transforming vacant and often derelict sites into green spaces. Besides enabling them to grow vegetables, fruit and flowers for their own use, these spaces became safe havens where the local inhabitants could develop civic pride and a sense of community.

The scope of what community gardens can achieve varies widely. They can provide fresh fruit and vegetables, a place for wildlife, improved play areas, an outdoor classroom and safe public spaces where people can socialise and share their love of gardening. Growing plants in a supportive social environment is also extremely beneficial for individuals who feel isolated or who have had poor physical or mental health.

Social and therapeutic horticulture is the formal name given to the process of using gardening and plants to help individuals develop. The diagram below, prepared by Thrive, an organisation which  focuses on championing the benefits of gardening to individuals and organisations, shows its many benefits with overall health and well-being at the centre.

With all this in mind, Transition Belper are in the process of creating a number of community gardening projects in Belper for a variety of reasons:

  • By adopting the Belper Train Station green spaces, we aim to improve our town’s appearance and promote civic pride and social inclusion (see Figure 1). See Adopting Belper Train Station for more details

Please feel free to join us in these exciting community projects, whatever your reason may be. If you feel you can’t do much physical work, maybe you could come and offer gardening advice, help make bird and insect houses, or just sit in the area and feel part of the community. There are numerous ways of getting involved. We need people to garden, to do bricklaying and woodwork, to help raise public awareness and/or funds or to just provide support by being there. Your involvement will be greatly appreciated and welcomed, whatever the form or quantity. If you can only give an hour, or can only get involved in the evenings or weekends, or just want to donate a pound or two, you will be welcome just as much as those who want to spend 2-3 days every week working on the projects.

If you are interested in any of these projects, we would love to hear from you, please email Transition Belper

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