A place for community groups and schools to grow!
The garden, which opened in 2011, is a thriving, green oasis that brings together people from a wide variety of backgrounds to enjoy gardening and the opportunity to meet new people, but it urgently needs more volunteers to help it to continue to grow successfully.
Project leader Sheila Blair said: “We have a real mix of ages, gender and background coming along every week and everyone gets so much out of it, whether it’s growing their own produce or just enjoying the chance to garden with new friends. “It’s a big space and we have a lot going on all year round, so the more volunteers, the better.”
Liz Barrington has been volunteering for four years. She said: “I was looking for volunteering opportunities after I retired and I came to the park to find out more. It really is a little haven here and I am always relaxed when I’m gardening.” The Edward Kemp Community Garden is a welcoming and inclusive space for people with a range of health and mobility issues. A range of community organisations and groups also have their own plots within the garden. Liz added: “I enjoy helping those people who need more support and I’ve made some great buddies over the years.”
Anyone wanting to find out more about volunteering can visit the garden at Ashville Road, Birkenhead, to speak to the team every Wednesday and Friday morning 10am till 12 noon. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org and volunteer application forms can be downloaded from the volunteer page.
A small sample of some of the work done at EKG. These tasks, taking a piece of untended land, clearing the weeds, find rocks, stones and any other interesting piece of material and planting it up all take time. No matter how long it takes the rewards are great.
Flowers are an important part of the EKG and provide not only wonderful vibrant colours, perfumes and pretty centre piece views, they provide pollen for the bees to harvest and make glorious honey with.