Slades Farm Community Garden

Transition Bournemouth initiated the Slades Farm Community Garden project in 2012 to help create a sustainable wildlife friendly community garden and carry out conservation activities.

This community project aims to run regular work parties throughout the year which will be led by the season and weather.  Everyone is welcome to get involved as there are conservation tasks to suit all ages.

Our events

Transition Bournemouth’s Community Garden work parties are held on a monthly basis in Slades Farm Community Garden, usually led by project leader Theresa McManus.  Also, there are sometimes the occasional wildlife survey and social get-togethers.  They are all drop-in sessions, so you don’t need to arrive at the start time and don’t need to stay until the end – unless you want to of course!

We have planned a number of monthly work parties to include a number of activities, depending on the season and weather, such as creating and maintain hedging, fencing, bramble bashing, pulling up unwanted saplings, putting up bat and bird boxes and creating wildlife habitats.

Our events are advertised on our website, our Transition Bournemouth Discussion Forum on Facebook and our Transition Bournemouth Facebook page. You can also follow updates about the projects and events via our Slades Farm Community Garden Facebook page.

Please note: the Community Garden is accessed via rough ground so there is no easy access for wheelchair users.  If you think you would need assistance getting to or on the site, or any support when helping, then please do let us know.


The Slades Farm Open Space is in between Ensbury Avenue, in Ensbury Park, and Talbot Woods. You can get a Yellow 5a bus to Colombia Road or a Yellow 6 to the university or any other university bus. For cyclists there is some bicycle parking. For those who need to drive, there is a car park off Ensbury Avenue. The Community Garden area is north of the velodrome, in between the new dog training area and the woods.

Google Map of location –

We need you!

We are always looking for volunteers to help with running the events, and to take photos, so if you are experienced or would like to gain some experience, please send us a message via our Slades Farm Community Garden Facebook page or email

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