We have six learner plots at the community garden. They give beginner gardeners the opportunity to manage their own plot of land whilst also contributing to the life of a productive community garden.
View of the learner plots in full bloom, on the left hand side of the pathway
We look for local residents and community groups who are interested in planning and managing each plot each year, so look out for recruitment opportunities in Feb/March of each year. Priority will be given to groups (such as resident groups, schools or charities) who are planning to develop their own growing site or community garden.
In return for the use of the space, we request learners to attend regular volunteer sessions, and to engage with the life of the community garden, including attending open days and helping with the watering rota.
The following guidelines explain what we expect from the learners and what we offer in return.
Our offer to you
The community garden will provide:
- Use of a learner plot (measuring approximately 6m2) in a sheltered, sunny position within the community garden
- Free one-day workshop on Planning your Plot (date TBC end of March)
- Advice about preparing a planting plan and feedback on your plan from our qualified gardeners
- Use of garden tools, compost and seeds
- Supportive and friendly environment with help from other volunteers when necessary – for example, on jobs which need extra man power such as digging or building frames
- Regular social events giving you the opportunity to meet other gardeners and exchange ideas and advice
- Support and advice in setting up your own growing space where you live or work
Your commitment to us
We ask trainees to commit to the following:
- Adequate care of your bed throughout the growing season ie. from March to October – including watering and keeping weeds at bay
- Regular visits to the garden – you should plan to visit the garden about once per week during the busy period from April to September
- Creation of a planting plan to be shared with volunteers and other visitors
- Any surplus produce to be shared with volunteers or sold to raise money for the community garden
- Attendance at an evaluation meeting at the end of the growing season to discuss your planting plan and any notable successes and failures
- If you are applying as a group then we would like one person to be nominated as the main contact/group leader
What to do next
If you are interested in managing one of our learner plots, or have any questions, then please get in contact with Ruth; email@example.com or come along to the garden on a Sunday or Wednesday open session.
UPDATE: 2018/19 plots are allocated so the next opportunity will be in Feb/March 2019
We will be holding informal meetings at the garden throughout March to decide who to offer the plots to.
Square foot gardening, Guy Robert’s learner plot, Spring 2015