Following on from our previous article, here is a little more about Bude’s Community Garden, set up by horticulturalist, Jess Creasey, at Stratton Primary School.
Jess is one very determined person, and has great plans for September onwards with classes to help teach the community how to grow food, and workshops.
It all happens outside the polytunnel, which is is a Learn to Grow Zone. This area has seven raised beds used by people on the courses Jess runs, where everything has been grown from seed. This was funded by Cornwall Community Foundation.
Jess, like any self respecting gardener, also has a potting shed.
My potting shed was donated by the Town Council for £1000. This area is where Charles Dowding will be doing his no dig workshops in September (sponsored by Spencer Thorn) but is also going to be the area for a lovely Alice in Wonderland themed food forest I have created.
Stages 1 and 2 of this are funded but 3 and 4 going up for Crowdfunder for matched funding (watch this space).
It will have a giant teapot for the children to put all the leaves from the trees in autumn, but also willow sculptures, and many other elements to be uncovered.
This garden area used to be allotments so we have come full circle. Lots of people in Stratton and Bude have memories of growing things here and listening to that generation, and hearing those stories has been perfect.
You can keep up with the Community Garden on the Facebook page.