What is a community 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.
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!
Steve and Rosemary do the honours with the ‘turning of the first sod’, 29th June 2014
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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.