Calthorpe Community Garden

Calthorpe Community Garden
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A 1.2-acre community garden, which opened in 1984 after local 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 and an AstroTurf futsal pitch.

We have also developed a food-growing area with raised beds and a large polytunnel . Volunteers produce food to use in our vegetarian cafe on site. Small allotments are available for local people who dont have gardens.

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

Capital Growth garden: 1799

Volunteer Manager and volunteers: Staff and volunteers

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