We are very happy to announce we are finally opening the garden to the public again!
We will be open on Sunday afternoons, starting Sunday 9 August. Hopefully we will soon be able to open weekday evenings as well – so watch this space!
We want to make sure you can visit the garden safely, so we have put new temporary guidelines in place. To make sure everyone can socially distance properly, we have to limit the number of people in the garden at a time.
If you would like to come along on a Sunday afternoon, you will need to book a slot by filling in this form.
There will be two slots every Sunday: 12.00 until 13.45, and 14.15 until 16.00.
Slots will be released the first Monday of the month.
If anyone local would like to join who does not have internet access, or cannot fill in the above form for any reason, they are more than welcome to come to the gate to speak to an on-site volunteer, who can take down details for them.
We’ve had to make a few other changes too:
- You will need to keep 2 metres away from other people in the garden.
- There are hand-washing facilities in the garden, and you need to wash your hands when you come in.
- We ask that you do not go into the polytunnels, shed, or tool container. If you’re not certain about whether you can touch something, please ask the garden worker or garden hosts!
- We won’t be serving tea and coffee, so please bring your own drink in a flask or bottle. Please do not bring food to eat in the garden (it’s fine to picnic in the park before or after your slot).
- We won’t be supplying everyone with gardening gloves, so please bring your own if you have some. We will also supply you with the tools you need, and disinfect them after you’ve used them.
- Please cover any coughs and sneezes (if you sneeze because of hay-fever it might be worth wearing a mask).
- Please do not come to the garden at all if you, or someone you live with, has Covid symptoms, or have been asked to isolate by a tracking team.
- Our current guidelines only cover adults visiting the garden. We are still working out how to make it safe for children to visit, so for now we regretfully can only have over-18s on site.
- We’re also asking people not to bring dogs with them.
For those of you who cannot book a slot at a Sunday session: we will also be running a small plant sale at the gate on Sundays, and will be offering short tours of the garden throughout the afternoon. Come along and check it out!
Whilst we have been closed to the public during lockdown, our food growing trainees have still been on site each week to help harvest fresh produce for the local food bank. The next modules will be running on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, starting on 11th and 12th August, where trainees can attend one day a week for 6 weeks.
If you are interested in joining the waiting list for food growing traineeships, you can find more information on our website, and express your interest by emailing us at email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you!