Community Garden – Growing our space for everyone!
GCCP buildings are set in a variety of garden areas which are used by many of our groups. We have growing areas in raised beds and borders where fruit and vegetables are grown for Community use as well as a very productive orchard. The new addition of a greenhouse means we can garden all year round and spend time growing the ‘hothouse’ favourites of tomatoes, peppers etc. as well as sowing seeds for an early start to the growing season. Large grassed areas are ideal for parties, sports and just ‘spreading out’! We have a willow tunnel which lends itself to all sorts of adventures as well as wildlife areas which are left to nature to look after with a lot of help from LEAF, Community Foundation and CEED.
We have two ‘Bug Hotels’ one of which houses two families of hedgehogs in ‘the basement’ and our younger members enjoy feeding them although the hedgehogs themselves are quite shy!
Crops, grown organically, are shared especially during times of glut including nearly a hundred pounds of plums from one tree last autumn! Jams and chutneys are made from our harvest and sold to raise funds for the garden.
There is plenty of room for lots of volunteers and helpers of all ages (currently 2yrs to 86yrs) to help with the work and share the produce!
Please contact GCCP if you would like to give a hand in any part of the garden, get some gentle exercise, fresh air and de-stress or to use and enjoy our wonderful green spaces.
FAMILY FUN DAYS :- during some school holidays we hold Family Fun Days to be enjoyed by all with lots more activities including cutting, sawing, planting, turfing, building and painting and a free lunch for everyone who joins in. Come along for fun times!
During 2018 The Royal Horticultural Society helped us and funded a special development of an “Alice in Wonderland” area for sitting, picnics and sharing time with young and old. Our first Alice in Wonderland Day was held in May for families to enjoy working and playing in the garden.
In October 2018 we were delighted when our work to develop our Community Garden was recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society and Northumbria in Bloom with the award of Level 5, Outstanding in the It’s Your Neighbourhood section of Britain in Bloom.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has helped in any way to get us this far – our volunteers, funders including R
HS, LEAF (Community Foundation), CEED, Sunderland City Council West Area Committee, as well as the people and groups who contributed with their work – Department of Work and Pensions, National Citizen Service, local residents and to the URC Northern Synod Trust for continuing to give us their support and encouragement and for letting us use their buildings and gardens.
Thanks to our hard working volunteers and financial help from West Area Committee of Sunderland City Council we now have a workshop almost completed. By the side of the building it will provide a sheltered space for creating, reusing and upcycling. A space where mess can be made without being nagged and for the volunteers to find new, rewarding hobbies.