Calthorpe Community Garden

Calthorpe Community Garden
(Photo: Colin Wing)
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A 1.2-acre community garden, opened in 1984 after residents campaigned against the sale of the land for development.

Today it includes a Walter Segal self-build community building, an under-fives’ area, a wild garden with pond,  composting area, Bangladeshi womens' plots, family plots, raised beds and polytunnels for the cafe on site. 
Small allotments are available for local people who don't have gardens.

Last year we installed an anaerobic digester, which turns raw and cooked food waste from our cafe into liquid fertiliser (digestate) for the garden and bio-gas for boiling kettles and heating our polytunnels. We are experimenting with different types of growing systems including hydroponics.

Capital Growth garden: 1799

Volunteer Manager and volunteers: Staff and volunteers

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