Green-fingered residents have gathered at Alderney West Community Garden to sow an exciting wildflower meadow and begin work on creating new signs to advertise their community-run project.
The wildflower project, funded by Grow Wild and the National Lottery, is a partnership between the Residents of Alderney West (RoAW) community group and PHP. Residents of all ages got involved with preparing the land and sowing seeds.
PHP’s project co-ordinator Clare Sutton said: “We had a great turnout at our first event – around 50 people, including lots of children and young people. The community is very active and always keen to get involved, and we are really excited about seeing the results of our work when the meadow blooms and the signs go up. We are very grateful to the Dorset Wildlife Trust for all their help, and to Grow Wild and the National Lottery for supporting us.”
Alderney West Community Garden is located at the bottom of Bedford Road, where the group meets every Thursday at 4pm for gardening and socialising. Over the next few weeks, the group will also be working with young people at the local youth club to produce artwork which will form the basis of two signs, designed to link the two sides of the estate together, and to connect the community garden with the wider heathland it sits alongside.
Chair of RoAW, Jane Ford, said: “The community garden is now entering its third season and is going from strength to strength. We started out with just a handful of raised beds but now we’ve expanded the growing area, introduced some seating, created a wildflower meadow and have a brand new play area alongside too. We are very proud of what we have achieved, and the way it has brought the community together. We’d like to thank PHP for all their help and support.”
Last year, PHP secured funding to develop the site beside the garden into the Alderney Orchard play park, which features a range of equipment, including a tunnel mound, agility trail, climbing frame, talk tubes and swings. Local children helped design the park, with help from PHP and RoAW.
Alderney West Community Garden is part of a ‘family’ of 18 community growing projects spread across Poole which PHP has initiated over the past four years as part of its New Roots programme.