Space2grow: community gardening in Farnham, Surrey

NB. I wrote this article about space2grow in Farnham, before the COVID-19 crisis started and quarantine measures were put in place.  Naturally, all of space2grow’s clubs and activities are closed at the moment, but this fantastic initiative will reopen when it is safe to do so.

Space2grow in Farnham is an uplifting and inspiring place to visit. (Photograph credit: Corin Harrison).

Space2grow: community gardening in Farnham, Surrey

For every problem we experience in life, nature provides us with the ingredients we need to heal ourselves.  Springtime presents us with many wonderful opportunities to begin again and start anew.  We sow seeds to generate new stock and discover plants that seemed dead and lifeless just a few months ago are now bursting into life.

The cabin at space2grow in Farnham. (Photograph credit: Kate Newton).

The team at space2grow in Farnham have created a productive vegetable garden. (Photograph credit: Corin Harrison).

Space2grow community

In Farnham, a dedicated team of professionals and volunteers have worked together to nurture and transform an acre of ground in the heart of the town.  Like a rather eclectic yet magnificent, plant-centred patchwork, Space2grow is actively supporting many local groups.  Children are enthused during hands-on lessons at Space2grow; relishing the chance to spend time outdoors with nature and prepare nutritious meals in Space2grow’s kitchen, using produce grown in the garden.  Parents can master new strategies at Space2grow’s parenting classes; whilst the industrious ‘Men in Sheds’ have built bird boxes and benches to enhance the site and facilitate learning.  Space2grow is a stellar example of a community garden, where people can find themselves and discover new skills and talents.

This bench provides a lovely spot to enjoy the garden at space2grow, in Farnham, Surrey. (Photograph credit: Corin Harrison).

Healing garden

Space2grow is a non-judgemental, supportive space where participants of all ages and abilities can take part in a range of activities.  The warmth of this healing garden soothes anxieties and supports people as they overcome adversity.

Taking a break for refreshments at space2grow in Farnham. (Photograph credit: Corin Harrison).

Space2grow owes its blossoming success to everyone who has taken part or supported this superb venture.  Coordinator, Corin Harrison is particularly grateful to Jon and Lou James who have generously leased the acre of land where Space2grow was borne.  Expansion beckons and with it there’s the opportunity for 40 volunteers to join this friendly, welcoming team.

Corin Harrison is the co-ordinator at space2grow in Farnham. (Photograph credit: Kate Newton).

Bishop’s Meadow Trust

Space2grow are working in partnership with the Bishop’s Meadow Trust; they’re planning to unify the two areas by constructing a bridge over the stream that divides the Bishop’s Meadow from the Space2grow site.  Part of their vision is to create a permaculture garden and extend the meadow planting; two thousand wildflower plants will have been planted by the time you read this article.  The Woodland Trust have donated 150 trees, which has enabled the team to plant a foraging hedge.

The gardens at space2grow feature both decorative and edible plants, as well as trees and flowers for bees, butterflies, and other insects. (Photograph credit: Kate Newton).

Gardening bestows upon us a magical chance to grow alongside our plants and heal as we learn new skills.  Together we can share nature’s blessings and joy, as we reconnect with the earth and with ourselves.

The view from the cabin at space2grow in Farnham. (Photograph credit: Kate Newton).

The glasshosues at space2grow in Farnham. (Photograph credit: Kate Newton).

Opportunities to garden, volunteer, or sponsor Space2grow

Space2grow were over-the-moon when Farnham’s Mayor, Councillor Pat Evans chose Space2grow as one of her official charities.  Corin Harrison, Lou James, Nicola Chinn, Isobel Murphy, John Negus, Kate Newton, Kelley Taylor, Libby Brayshaw, and the team are also appreciative of the support they’re received from Farnham Town Council.  They would like to thank all of the Space2grow volunteers and everyone who has supported the project.  If you’re interested in attending one of Space2grow’s Wednesday taster sessions; if you’re thinking of becoming a volunteer or sponsoring this project, email info@space2grow.space. Visit space2grow’s website for more information.  You can subscribe to space2grow’s newsletter by emailing info@space2grow.space

Naturally, space2grow is closed at the moment, due to COVID-19.  But you can still use this time to help space2grow; why not grow some plants to donate to space2grow when things return to normal?  Here’s a link to some brilliant plants you can grow for bees and butterflies.  While this link takes you to an article I wrote giving advice and hints and tips for creating a meadow and this article has helpful information on gourmet vegetables to sow in April.

This article was first published in the April 2020 edition of Vantage Point Magazine.

Meadow flowers in bloom at space2grow, Farnham. (Photograph credit space2grow)

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