Environment Centre Garden

The Environment Centre’s Urban Garden

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Our urban garden is intended to demonstrate some simple things you can grow in a small area and is managed by volunteers, it is an oasis of peace in the middle of the maritime quarter.

We are very lucky and grateful to have Anca, our head volunteer gardener, who does most of the planting, care and maintenance of the plants.

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By growing edible plants, we are reducing the energy in transporting food as well as saving money for anyone who wishes to make use of our produce. We also have plants and features to increase biodiversity and wildlife in our garden such as bees, butterflies and ladybirds. The garden is intended to be visually pleasing as well as having useful plants growing in it.   

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We have herbs in reused / repurposed containers such as thyme, sage, oregano, chives, lemon balm and mint. There is also jasmine (to attract bees) and hops growing up the trellis.

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All plants need nutrients and a fertile soil, so we have our compost bin set on earth so that natural organisms can easily migrate into it. Ideally a garden would have a couple of bins so that a rotation system can be put in place. The most important thing is to turn the composting material regularly, so that the organisms can reach the oxygen to enable them to do their job. 

If you continue all the way around the building you will find our bike racks, and a pond which supports many insects, amphibians and birds, who all play vital roles in the garden. Here we have planted tayberries, rhubarb, blackcurrants and strawberries. Within the wall of the seating area is lavender, sage, fennel and chamomile.

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We can highly recommend sitting outside with a cuppa on a sunny day, it feels a world away from the busy town centre!