New Community Gardening Space for Hart Residents

The goal of the new space is to bring people from different backgrounds together to enjoy gardening.

Submitted by Hart District Council

A new community gardening space has been created in Hart to encourage residents to come together and enjoy the health benefits of the outdoors.

The Hart District Council Campaign Department created the space in partnership with the Hart Allotment Association and Hart Voluntary Action.

Edenbrook Country Park’s new space in Fleet is called the Green Garden and has separate plots available to rent to community members, as well as shared gardening space.

Councilor David Neighbour, Leader of Hart District Council, said: “It is fantastic that we have been able to partner with two well-known community organizations in the area and gain support from Groundwork, a landscape architecture organization .

“Everyone involved in the project has worked together to share their expertise to help create a community garden that is a beacon of sustainability, supporting our aspiration to make Edenbrook Country Park an award-winning site and center of excellence. for health and well-being. ”

The project aims to create a welcoming, sustainable and inclusive gardening space where people from diverse backgrounds can come together around a common interest in gardening.

The Council has appointed community-focused landscape architects, Groundwork, and contractors, Southern Landscape Construction, to begin development of Hart’s Green Garden in early June.

Ben Coles, Director of Development and Strategic Programs at Groundwork, said: “We are delighted to help create Hart’s Green Garden, a project with such great support from the local community.

“We couldn’t agree more with the feeling that this is an inclusive, sustainable and welcoming space.”

The Green Garden will enable structured social and therapeutic horticultural activities managed by Hart Voluntary Action.

It will also facilitate the use of the space by local community groups and voluntary organizations while providing local community members with the opportunity to get involved and support the project.

Shared spaces include a covered outdoor area, compost bays and a variety of raised beds which it is hoped will foster bonding among all site users.

Caroline Winchurch, Managing Director of Hart Voluntary Action, said: “We look forward to welcoming anyone interested in community gardening to the Minding the Garden area of ​​Hart’s Green Garden – we are open to inquiries from individuals and organisations. and seek to cater for all abilities. Membership is open to all.”

All plots of Hart’s Green Garden will be offered, in chronological order, to those already on the Hart Allotment Association waiting list.

Further information and updates are available at www.hart.gov.uk/harts-green-garden.