The Walled Garden
We have been dreaming of a home for Grow for Life for some time and are delighted to share that we've been given an incredible opportunity to take over an abandoned walled garden!
It is a perfect site for creating a safe, inspiring space for our trainees. A place of restoration.
The Starting Point
Here's a photo of the abandoned garden in 2021 before we got to work.
As you can see we've already made some incredible progress in transforming the site...
"We will create an organic garden with vegetables, flowers, soft fruit and espaliered fruit trees.
It will be designed to be a haven of peace and productivity where trainees can work alongside our staff and volunteer teams, relaxing and learning gardening and horticultural skills."
Chair of Trustees
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As well as developing the site into a beautiful and productive garden, we are also making service connections to water, sewage and electricity, and building The Potting Shed: a small wooden cabin to provide shelter and a warm welcome to all our trainees. It will have a meeting/training room and a kitchenette. We are also installing toilets.
Our estimate of the capital cost of developing the site and erecting The Potting Shed and toilets is £60,000.
We are approaching grant making trusts for much of this sum but they in turn require Grow for Life supporters to make a contribution. We aim to raise £20,000.
All donations given via the link below will go into a restricted fund to be used only for The Walled Garden.
100% of your donation goes to Grow for Life
Time for the big reveal!
This magnificent design is the creative output of our very own Wayne: a talented garden designer who we are very privileged to have on team.
The design also bears the stamp of our brilliant trainees who've shared their opinions, wants and wishes via a trainee consultation process. This garden is for our trainees so it was imperative to have their input and get their sign-off on the final design.
We can't wait to see the vision translated into a real-live haven of plants, paths and purposeful spaces for our trainees to connect, learn and grow.
Join The Journey
Follow along as we transform an abandoned walled garden into a therapeutic and productive space that we can call home
We'll be posting regular updates on the walled garden here. So grab yourself a cuppa and read all about it!