Aylesbury Garden Town (AGT) is working in partnership with Community Grow and St. Peter’s Church in Quarrendon to transform a green space at the church into an edible growing space for the whole community to enjoy.
Using church land next to St. Peter’s, in the heart of Quarrendon, a community garden has been growing on nicely tended by local people including children,
families, the church community, older people and volunteers.
A launch event took place today to celebrate the first Aylesbury Garden Town’s sponsored community garden. Set up by local resident, Dave Furze, who’s passionate about bringing communities together has a vision of a place for people not just plants.
Along with the benefits of being outside and exercising with others the garden is also a chance to make a space that everyone can enjoy and use. It will be a place for young and old to garden, everyone to exercise or just somewhere to enjoy, sit and chat.
The project is based on ‘Five Ways to mental wellbeing; which are to:
• connect with people
• be active
• take notice of the world around you
• keeping learning and try something new
• give some time to help others.
Cllr. Bill Chapple OBE, Chairman of Aylesbury Garden Town Delivery Board said: "I‘m impressed that the vision to create a community space for all has been realised through the partnershiop with Aylesbury Garden Town.
"It is a delight to see how this food growing scheme has brought the local community together. Community gardening is a great way to connect with others and means a cleaner and greener place to live."
"This is a great first example of what we are trying to achieve with the Aylesbury Garden Town and I look forward to visiting many more community grow gardens in the future."
Community Grow are looking for more local areas to cultivate, so if you would like to suggest a place or would like to get involved, please email Dave Furze at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dave Furze, Community Grow said: "Community Grow is about teaching families about healthy eating and giving children a chance to learn about food, while green
exercise in linked to better mental and physical health.’
"For people that don’t have a garden it means they have the chance to share the benefits of gardening, play a part in helping others, have a chance to meet new people and form stronger neighbourhoods."
Rev. Pete Wheeler, Vicar of St. Peter’s Church, said, ‘Having the the community grow garden at St. Peters has been a great way of getting to know our neighbours
even better. We have a vision at St. Peters to make Quarrendon the most caring community in Aylesbury and we welcome everyone to the garden”.