Community Garden

2016 has seen the start of a new garden project at Cressing: A community garden for growing fruit and vegetables.

The plot is located on a patch of previously unused ground.

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We thought it would be nice to provide a gardening space for local people to use – a garden for people to enjoy being outdoors, learn new skills, meet new people and contribute to a valuable community facility.

The hard work clearing and preparing the ground began in the spring 2016.

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A vintage Ferguson tractor from the village came to do some ploughing.

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The digging and weeding began

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Next came the rotavator. Two days heavy work.

We held an Open Day on 19th June.

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Scones and tea for everyone and the first plants (some pumpkins) went in.

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Local businesses wanted to spend volunteer away days with us this summer. We jumped at the chance of some extra pairs of hands.

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Reclaiming and recycling are key priorities of the project.  Amazing what you can do with a pallet.

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We will renovate what might have been thrown away.

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Fallen leaves become useful leaf mould.

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A day well spent. Many hands made light work.

By August we had a team of dedicated regular volunteers who have made impressive progress in a matter of months.

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Weeding, removing stones, raking, adding manure. Teamwork gets it all done.

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As crops begin to grow, it all becomes so rewarding.

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Even Nellie starts to feel at home.

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And there’s always time for tea (and cake!)

As the autumn rains set in we knew we would need some firm, dry paths. A delivery of reclaimed fencing rails will do the trick for bed edges.

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The plan for the coming months is to lay some paths, finish preparing the plots, plant some shelter hedging and generally get things ship shape for the start of next spring.

If you would like to join us you can call into Cressing anytime and ask about it at reception. Or email the site Horticulturalist at rebecca.ashbey@essex.gov.uk

Our next task is to apply for some funding to help move the project onto the next stage. We need water and electricity to be connected and we would like to build an undercover area where gardeners can work out of the rain.

Looking further ahead we intend to link this project to a Mens’ Shed for anyone who enjoys making things rather than, or as well as, growing things.

And who knows, by next summer we could have all kinds of home grown/home made goodies for sale at Cressing. Listen out for more news or come along and join us.

 

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