Partnership in action: A garden for the community in Stevenage

Volunteers helping out at Bragbury End Community Garden. Pic: Stevenage Borough Council.

Volunteers helping out at Bragbury End Community Garden. Pic: Stevenage Borough Council. - Credit: Archant

In 2016 Bragbury End Residents’ Association approached Stevenage Borough Council and said there was a strip of land which they would like to take over to create a community garden. The council had no other plans for the strip and were pleased to have the residents offer to take care of it.

Some of teh flower beds created at Bragbury End community garden. Pic Stevenage Borough Council.

Some of teh flower beds created at Bragbury End community garden. Pic Stevenage Borough Council. - Credit: Archant

The Bragbury End Community Garden volunteers now meet on Saturday mornings for gardening sessions, and also regularly hold social events there. They have support from all-party councillors in the ward.

Green-fingered volunteers have planted raised beds and bushes at the garden and have mulberry, walnut, pear and cherry trees as well as flowers and shrubs, and have created a thriving display for all residents to enjoy. It has grown so volunteers now also help elderly residents with their gardens, mowing their lawns, and the group hopes to take over another site soon.

Dave Drackford, the group’s chair, said: “It’s become a real community venture with people of all ages, from children up. We even have the police pop along to visit, councillors from all parties, and the local shopkeepers support it with sandwiches and take-aways to keep us all going.”

The Bragbury End Community Garden volunteers meet on Saturday mornings from 10am.

All are welcome to join in.

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