There’s a new community garden in town – Growing Durham’s Edible Gilesgate project worked alongside Durham Action on Single Homelessness to create an edible garden in their carpark.
The initial aim was to cheer up the area with a few planters and we commissioned The Woodpile CIC to build some large enough to grow some decent sized plants. With the help of various volunteers from Durham University and Houghall Horticultural Society these were filled and planted with all kinds of edible plants either grown from seed or donated. Produce from the garden was given to clients, staff and trustees and everyone has mucked in to water the plants during dry periods and keep on top of the weeding. The garden now boasts 5 small apple trees which we hope will establish well and create real impact with blossom in spring, and fruit for passers by in the autumn. As one support worker put it; “I have found this to be a great thing for mental health…gave them something to get up for they always looked and felt a lot happier after doing the garden”.