The garden used to be a siding on a branch line of the Derwent Valley Light Railway, running from the power station at Foss Islands to the Hospital and the Rowntrees Factory. After the railway shut down, Sustrans acquired the land and made the cycle path. The siding was turned into a garden by Sustrans, BTCV, and local residents, and was planted with fruit trees and a wild meadow area.
After getting a bit overgrown, a new group of volunteers are now working on the garden. Edible York have helped set us up with a grant for tools, and a gardening mentor who really helped get our group off the ground. In 2013 we have cut back invading brambles and cleared the garden and pathways to make the garden more usable for everyone, and have started planting new fruit trees and fruit bushes to complement the surviving original trees. We have tried to raise local awareness of the garden through leafleting on the surrounding streets. We are very grateful to the York Orchard Project for the donation of 5 fruit trees - as well as the planting day, York Orchard organised site preparation/approvals and continue to support us in looking after the trees carefully. Our next big challenge is to restore the wild meadow area with lots of diverse wild flowers!
- Being part of the garden can be as simple as visiting it when you pass by - regular visitors help establish the garden as a cherished local green space.
- We run garden sessions, often on a Sunday afternoon, if you want to join in with some hands-on work. Everyone welcome!
- There is a compost heap on the garden which you can add to with raw vegetable waste from the kitchen, or garden waste. No cooked vegetables or meat please.
- We are gradually building up a set of garden tools so if there are any old or unneeded tools you'd like to donate, please let us know.
- The Route 66 Garden is for everyone to enjoy, so if you have ideas for how we could develop it in the future then send us an email or drop by a session to chat.
Contact - Route66CommunityGarden@gmail.com