Virtual Community Garden

Welcome to our virtual garden a place to share our wonderful outdoor work and connect our growing communities during the Covid-19 lock down, all part of our Grow, Cook and CrEATe project.

Growing Together in Bishopton with Team Springboard

Growing Together in Bishopton with Team Springboard

Our Growing Together community garden in Baker Avenue Bishopton aims to bring people together through gardening and nature.  Volunteers helped to begin planting before lockdown and we’ve had lots of positive feedback from passers-by, and locals help us with watering.  Spring has brought beautiful apple blossom, while cherry blossom snows down in the wind. There are also: plum, quince and damson trees; a Magnolia and ‘Paperbush Tree’; Hellebore flowers; Rosemary, Thyme and Lavender. Pollinator-friendly flowers plus a house for solitary bees and more are coming soon. It’s open to the public, so why not visit for your daily walk. We are Team Springboard CIC and the project is funded by Orbit Housing and Stratford City Council.   Please see our Team Springboard website and our  Growing Together Gallery.

Phil's Birds

We are lucky to have a back garden and enjoy feeding the birds and watching the new fledglings every year.  In our garden in Tiddington we are we have lots of visitors from our friendly Robins, the chattering Starlings, vocal and proud Blackbirds, shy Greenfinches, a tiny Wren, a pair of Doves, Goldfinches, Long-tailed Tits, lots of Blue Tits, a family of Spotted Woodpeckers, a Black Cap, two massive Crows, two fat pigeons who romance each other on the garden fence and a naughty squirrel.

Phil often tries to photograph these critters so here’s some of last years and we hope to bring the babies very soon.  Enjoy the Gallery Phil’s Birds Gallery.

Swapping Baking for Gardening - Volunteer Roni's Veggie Patch

Swapping Baking for Gardening - Volunteer Roni's Veggie Patch

Our volunteer Roni usually is busy baking for us but under the current lock down she has been busy honing her other skills. Inspired by the Grow, Cook and CrEATe project she had been busy sowing seeds for the new garden spaces and now is nuturing these and planting out.  She has a mixture of sweet potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, beans and carrots, all going strong.  Lets hope we don’t get to plant some of these we can at least eat them!  Keep up the good work!  Press here to view Roni’s Growing Gallery

Volunteer Paul's Gardening Top Tips

Volunteer Paul's Gardening Top Tips

Each week Paul Mitchell will be sharing his garden Top Tips with us.  Paul has volunteered with Escape Arts for many years and has now volunteered to help develop the Grow, Cook and CrEATe project, growing plants for the Escape Arts and Heritage Centre and helping different groups learn horticultural skills.  Click here to see Paul’s Top Tips and his virtual gallery space.

Escape Arts Creative Garden

Escape Arts Creative Garden

Escape works with exceptional artists who lead our community participatory arts programme and run evening and weekend workshops.  Nature is always a favourite theme so we thought it would be nice to showcase some our the artist and nature inspired creations.  From felt birds to ceramic hens these creations are inspiring.  Enjoy our Creative Garden Gallery.

Lost The Plot

Lost The Plot

Two friends and allotment owners Ali and Shelley working together to grow food, flowers and to recycle, taking take of the natural environment.  In their words their gardening work ate the first steps to a better life.  You can watch their progress here but also on their instagram page Lost The Plot.

Lost The Plot Gallery.

Lifeways Community Garden - A Hidden Gem

Lifeways Community Garden - A Hidden Gem

We are delighted to link up with Lifeways and their family of chickens who have joined our virtual garden space.  Such a fabulous hidden gem with nearly an acre of land in the middle of Stratford.  Support through Green Minds and a host of volunteers this beautiful space is a haven for wildlife and provides a huge crop of veggies and fruit each year.  To find out more more with the Lifeways Website and keep on eye on their Lifeways Gardening Gallery.

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