Gardens

Row of wheelbarrows including a pink oneEveryone is welcome to indulge in the urban oasis of the community gardens. Whether you wish to sit and immerse yourself in the view or take a more active role in shaping your community, our green space is perfect.

Teams of volunteers join staff to share and learn skills as we tend the land and grow food with ‘zero food miles’ for use as ingredients in our café. Our aim is that the gardens at the City Farm are beautiful, productive, educational, inclusive and sustainable.

Our food is grown following organic principles. During the spring we are busy sowing, hunting slugs and planting. The summer finds us watering and weeding as we continue to sow and harvesting increases. In the autumn community gardeners enjoy the fruits of their labour and prepare for winter. Winter jobs include taking cuttings, planning, pruning, tidying and holding warm mugs of tea.

Wheelbarrow of flowers by the willow archOur resources are excellent: greenhouse, polytunnel, ponds and over 20 vegetable beds, nature garden and orchard. We grow fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Susan Barker, our Community Gardens Manager, writes a blog “Through the Willow Arch” to talk about the plants in our gardens, the food we grow for our café and the tasks we’re working on. You can read about our gardens through the seasons by clicking the links below:

Through the Willow Arch: Winter

Through the Willow Arch: Spring

Through the Willow Arch: Summer

Through the Willow Arch: Autumn