Rye Community Garden

Coronavirus Update: (July 2020)

– If you’d like to join in we’d love to hear from you! If you plan on joining in please do message ahead just so we can keep an eye on numbers. (Email us at or message us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/rye.communitygarden/)

– We have completed a COVID-19 risk assessment to ensure our work can be carried out in a safe and effective manner, in line with government regulations.

– If you (or someone in your household) has any suspected symptoms of coronavirus please do not come along to our volunteer days, stay home and self-isolate for 14 days.

– Symptoms include: cough, headache, fever and shortness of breath.

– Please do bring your own gloves, we will continue to provide all other tools and equipment.

– Maintain social distancing of 2m (6ft) at all times.

– Please do not share food or drink with other volunteers outside your household to limit contact.

– The eco – toilet is in use, with hand-sanitizer provided and a cleaning schedule organized.

– We will provide hand sanitizer on site, and carry out a cleaning regime to disinfect tools and touched surfaces after each volunteer day.

– Please follow hygiene advice re coughing/sneezing technique (into the elbow) to reduce the transmission of the virus.

– In order to protect the welfare of our volunteers and staff we have updated our first aid procedure. Where contact is required/social distancing is not possible for a first-aid trained leader a mask as well as gloves will be worn. In the event of an emergency such as cardiac arrest compression-only CPR until emergency services arrive is currently advised as the official guidance of the Resuscitation Council UK.

– Do continue to check the official government website & follow all updated guidelines. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant- do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

– Please do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

– By working together we can make it possible to keep joining in, stay safe & have fun!

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What is a community garden?

(Above: A great harvest of beans under way at the garden)

Many towns now have community gardens. This is a garden started and looked after by local people. They volunteer to plant and tend fruit and vegetables, and then the harvest can be enjoyed by all. The Rye garden is also becoming a haven for wildlife, e.g. birds, bees and butterflies.

Sussex and Kent are traditionally known as the ‘garden of England’, but with many people living in flats and with waiting lists for allotments, not all local people have the opportunity to grow their own produce.

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What have we been doing in Rye?

Since late 2013 we have been growing a community food and wildlife garden in Rye, by:

  • bringing together enthusiastic people to plan and run the garden
  • consulting the local community to find out exactly what people would like to see in the garden, and to decide the best way of sharing out the produce once grown
  • getting the ground ready to plant
  • organising a supply of water, putting up fences, compost bins etc.
  • planting, weeding and maintaining
  • picking the food when ready!

community garden aug 2014

Steve and Rosemary do the honours with the ‘turning of the first sod’, 29th June 2014

We also have a Facebook page: click here to visit.

The development of the garden was originally enabled by an award of £750 from The Monuments Men environmental project competition. The film production company, Rose Line, generously made a donation to support environmental projects in Rye. This was organised through the Rother Environmental Group.

Since that time we have received generous grants from the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm (two separate awards), Rye Community Shop, Toyota (GB) Charitable Trust, the Glenn & Phyllida Earle Fund and the Rye Fund.  We’ve also benefited from financial donations from the Rye Allotments Association, Iden & Playden Garden Society and Landgate WI.  We have many other local supporters – individuals and businesses – who have given us materials, labour, plants and other items for free.

Key words: Rye. East Sussex. volunteering. Volunteer Opportunity. Gardening. Community. Allotment. Vegetable Growing. Sustainability. Environmental.

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