The idea for a community garden at Clifton Parish Church has been around for a few years, but practical planning started in the Autumn of 2013 with a view to preparing beds over winter.
The Parish Church at Clifton Green kindly agreed to our plan and allowed us access to start making raised beds in February/March 2014, which were then sown and planted in the Spring. We were able to get some advice from one of Edible York’s network meetings.
We have a small committee of 4 or 5 people at present, who decide what goes into the garden and plan future developments. Working sessions are organised when there is a specific job to do, otherwise people weed & tidy when they have time. We try to have someone at the garden on a Saturday morning in the growing season to answer questions (while tidying up!).
We have had a grant for seeds & plants expenses from City of York Council Community Development on 2013/14. A plant sale early in the season raised some more funds.
We grow any edible plants for which there is a demand; mostly vegetables and herbs
We have been encouraged by the response in our first year, both directly from local residents and by the amounts of produce which are used. We are looking at the development of at least one extra bed for next year.
Any expressions of interest in support or volunteering or just for information, to:
John Hamilton, firstname.lastname@example.org | 01904 652805