Community Garden

What is a Community Garden?

Community gardens can help reduce negative environmental impacts by promoting sustainable agriculture; reducing food transportation costs and reducing water runoff. Humans, plants and animals can all benefit from urban agriculture since it creates habitats and improves the ecology of the area.

Social ties are important to the wellbeing of people in a community since they can bring positive health effects and community involvement. Community gardens allow for the creation of social ties and build a greater feeling of community. These connections help reduce crime, empower residents and allow residents to feel safe in their neighbourhoods. 

What is the aim of the Fordingbridge Community Garden? 

The aim of the community garden project is to create a community green space for the Fordingbridge community. The community garden will be a space for all members of the Fordingbridge community, young to old, groups and individuals. It will be a space where community members can come to meet, socialise, grow vegetables, tend to flowers and partake in community events. Produce from the garden will be provided to those who tend it and those in need in the community. Any contributions and earnings will be reinvested back into the project. This is deemed to be a long term project to provide a long lasting legacy.  

This is a joint project between Fordingbridge Greener Living (FGL) and Fordingbridge Town Council (FTC).

Where is the Fordingbridge Community Garden? 

Fry’s Field, 
Picket Close,
SP6 1JY 
At the top of the allotments. 

What’s happened so far? 

  • The site has been prepared with some vegetation and dumped material being removed
  • Shed purchased by Fordingbridge Town Council had been constructed by Avon Valley Shed and local volunteers
  • Two large planters constructed out of recycled pallet wood 
  • Noticeboard in place for all to keep up to date with the project 
  • Lots of donations from the local community – thank you!
  • Successful volunteer day on 6th August 

What’s happening next?

Community Garden: Tidy, Pick & Plant! Volunteer day

  • Additional construction to parts of the shed 
  • Picking the apples and plums on site 
  • Planting of winter vegetables 
  • Tidying of site ready for use by organisations and groups

If you’d like to get involved…

If you would like to get involved in the creation or running of the Community Garden or are an organisation/community members who would like to use the garden as a resource then please email:

Donations are always welcome! We are looking to create the garden out of as much reclaimed and recycled materials as possible! If you have any items which you would like to donate to the project then please drop us an email!