As the community have come together to save The Garibaldi Pub, we have also developed the garden into a 'Community Garden'.
Our aim is for members of the community to enjoy the benefits of being outdoors, encouraging a nurturing environment, reducing isolation, appreciating nature and wildlife, improving self-esteem, improve fitness and much more.
A group of volunteers known as the Garibaldi Gardening Group (GGGs) have worked hard on transforming the garden into a place where members of the community can come and use it. A garden designer drew up a beautiful design, to simulate creative ideas; and we have some very enthusiastic gardeners and imaginative people within the group to help us bring the garden to life.
The GGGs have cleared the garden of rubbish, brambles and weeds, planted bulbs, cut back shrubs and pruned our beautiful apple tree. There is a composter in the corner of the garden, built out of pallets, we have built several raised planters, to grow vegetables and flowers, and put in a levelled circled area.
The YMCA now use the garden for their group of young adults, presenting with some special needs.
We hope to do much more to improve access to the garden, for people of all ages and abilities, under the limitations that we have. With grants, fundraising, amazing volunteers and community support, we have big aspirations for our garden, and soon it will be something for everyone to enjoy!