Monday, 13 July 2015

The two year old Community Garden and the six year old Community Gardener

The Nightingale Community Garden in Dinas Powys is in its second year, having opened in April 2013. I have been posting regular updates since the garden was on the drawing board, and include a chronological index of posts below for newcomers to this strand.

I also include some photos taken last week (hard to believe this was a weed-infested abandoned play area and the focus for anti-social behaviour just a few years ago) and report on some great news concerning one of our youngest gardeners.

The largest plot in the garden was allocated to a group of families from Dinas Powys Infants School. Through this, organiser Angela Peterken and the five families involved introduced at least eight children (and their friends) to the joys of communal gardening.

One of those young people, who grew his first plants in the Community Garden, was a finalist in this years Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Young Gardener of the Year Awards. Dan Tailby (now aged 6) and his family went to the RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey for the prize-giving ceremony on Saturday 5 July 2015. He was one of four finalists in his age group. Although he did not win the overall prize, the decision was said to be very close and the judges want to keep in touch with him.

This is Dan in a story in one of our local papers:

The judges were impressed with the 5-minute video filmed at Nightingale Community Garden, with Dan, his family, Angela and others. They're our beans forming a backdrop to his interview! The video can be found on Dan's page on the RHS website:

This highlights the success of the garden and how community gardens in general can inspire children and bring families together to grow their own food.

Timeline for Nightingale Community Garden, Dinas Powys:

Jan 2012
The initial idea and looking for funding

Feb 2012
The involvement of Creative Rural Communities and the first plan for the site

Aug 2012

Oct 2012
Funding in place and residents are briefed on progress

Jan 2013
Work starts clearing the ground

Feb 2013
The building contractors on site

March 2013
Topsoil is spread and the first garden visit occurs

April 2013
The plots are marked out and allocated, the first plants go in

June 2013
Photos of the garden flourishing in its first year

Sept 2013
The official opening of the community garden, with guests including Jane Hutt AM and Derek Brockway

May 2014
Progress report a year after opening – a highly productive local food growing area

July 2014
The Community Garden links up with the local food bank – to supply fresh food to supplement the basic food bank boxes


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