We are a small dedicated group of volunteers from Friends of Stanton Hill (FOSH) community group. We currently have two active community garden projects in our village. The first:
We were granted permission one year ago to 'adopt' and cultivate an outdoor garden space belonging to our village's Co-operative store. (See the main image). We have already done a lot of work on this garden, clearing, digging, regular weeding, litter picking and we've totally tansformed it from it's neglected unusable state only one year ago to the fledgling garden that it is now. The Co-operative store has funded a hexagonal garden bench (nearly completed) which will be fitted around a tree in the centre of the garden for anyone to use. Every plant and paving stone in this garden has either been donated by or paid for by community members and by our volunteers. These photos show the garden at the beginning of our project:
The photos below show our dedicated volunteers working on the Co-op garden in 2019 and also the garden as it developed.
We now need to construct a hard path that leads from the pavement to the tree bench that is wide enough for wheelchair users, low maintenance plants and shrubs, we need a quantity of paving stones to be laid all around the bench and we require approximately one ton of gravel and metal posts to help to keep the bench in situ. The hexagonal bench itself has been made by a local charity social enterprise scheme. Our community group do not have any funds to pay for these materials and as we are still small in number, we do not yet have enough volunteers to raise substantial funding, other than paying for materials out of our own pockets. This work will be done by volunteers so that all funds are spent on the garden itself.
We have also begun working on a second small green space surrounding the Sutton Colliery Memorial Plaque which is situated at the end of Brierley Park Close, near the site of a former colliery where many of our community residents worked and where their ancestors also worked. This is another much neglected location in our village which we have also started tidying, cultivating and planting in. Again, the plants were bought by our group's volunteers.
Our plan for this is to buy suitable plants and low maintenance shrubs for this location and to then fill the garden with gravel which will highlight and draw attention to the memorial plaque and to the important history of our area. We therefore need funds to pay for approximately one ton of gravel, seasonal flowers, shrubs and edging stones to separate the garden from the local authority verge. This work will be done by volunteers so that all funds are spent on the garden itself. These photos show the start of work on the garden in late 2019 and volunteers will commence further expansion of the garden's site in February 2020.