Slades Farm Community Garden
The Slades Farm Community Garden is a community project initiated by Transition Bournemouth in 2012 to help create a sustainable wildlife friendly community garden, and carry out conservation activities, in the Slades Farm area, in Ensbury Park, which is in north Bournemouth.
Everyone is welcome to get involved. Support is be available for those who need it, and there are usually gardening and/or conservation tasks to suit all ages. However, note that this is taking place on rough ground so there is currently no easy access for wheelchairs. If you think you will need assistance getting to the site or on site, please let us know.
We currently run regular work parties. The type of activities available vary with the seasons and the weather. Recent projects include – installing a toolshed and waterbutt, replacing the fence around the veg patch, developing a prairie garden, and making a wildlife pond. Regular winter activities include bramble bashing and pulling up unwanted saplings. Regular spring/summer activities include sowing/planting/weeding and generally nurturing fruit and vegetables, and of course, harvesting! We also organise occasional wildlife surveys and social get togethers.
Upcoming projects :-
- put a new gate onto the veg patch
- build a picnic bench
- redesign the unfenced vegetable area…..
Click the link for the dates for volunteer sessions in 2017. slades-dates-v5
If you come along to one of our working parties, please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. We can provide tools and gloves. There will be loos available (around 5 mins away) but no refreshments, so please bring your own.
The Slades Farm Open Space is in between Ensbury Avenue, in Ensbury Park, and Talbot Woods. You can get a Yellow V2 to Colombia Road or a Yellow U something to the university. 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 – http://g.co/maps/d4nv6.
There is an email distribution list. If you would like to be added to it (or removed from it!) then please contact Theresa at email@example.com or on 07958 138053.
There is also a Facebook group called Slades Farm Conservation Group. Please join!
During the autumn of 2017 we will be changing the way our volunteers are insured. From 1st October we will be adopting the Bournemouth Council volunteer policy to be covered by the council’s volunteers insurance. This means that everyone who comes to Slades to do some volunteering will need to sign a copy of the policy document, complete a short registration form, and at some point attend a brief induction. It might sound onerous but it’s not really – and it means that you will be covered for public liability.