Woodside Community Garden
This growing space has a variety of options for people to engage with food growing strategies. There are 26 raised beds for people to tend to as individuals, and communal growing spaces and a polytunnel which are managed by weekly tutor-led drop in sessions. There is also a children’s growing area where younger people have a space to take ownership over during the weekly Kids Outdoors sessions where community volunteers encourage and share their knowledge and sessional staff provide creative and physical active play.
The weekly drop in sessions are also attended by people from other partner organisations such as The Richmond Foundation which supports people with a range of health-related needs. Getting outdoors and taking part in group activity in this ‘safe’ group environment is reporting to be greatly beneficial to these groups and also their support workers.
Produce grown is shared with the local community and also at an Autumn Harvest Get Together, held annually to celebrate with other groups.
This green space that peeks between the urban multi-storey flats, encouraging local residents to venture through the gate to taste the produce and get involved with growing. The flowers add colour to view from local windows and for passers-by.
Last year, after making a third entry in Its Your Neighbourhood, the group was delighted to achieve a Level 5 (Outstanding) award and to be presented with a Certificate of Distinction. This gives a great foundation level to maintain and build on.
Woodside Community Garden is one of Queens Cross Housing Association's three community Growing Space projects which provide a variety of activities to support the health and well-being of the local community and its’ tenants.
Horticultural knowledge is provided and shared at weekly, tutor led drop-in sessions during the growing season, as well as a Kids Outdoors sessions for the younger generations.
The Association’s projects provide access to inner city green space, which can have a positive impact on well-being and enriches local biodiversity.
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