Local allotment sites have waiting lists, but you don’t have to wait to grow delicious veg, because Planet South Bank offers a solution – community gardening; a group of local people growing food together, and sharing the produce amongst themselves and other locals.
Planet South Bank worked with St Clements Church and with Edible York to transform land at the church on Scarcroft Road, from grass and (elderly) rose bushes, to fruit, veg, herbs, edible flowers and beautiful polinators. Edible York’s beds were in the paper, in an article that mentions our plot.
In 2011, our first year, we grew ‘a bit of everything’ along the borders, with cabbages mingled with courgettes, coriander amongst the carrots. Tomatoes grew well against the warm church walls, surviving late frosts, despite having to go in early. Two new beds were dug, which were mainly taken up with potatoes, and these beds were then over-wintered with a covering of green manure. Since then, we’ve added more beds and now we have four beds in the middle, as well as others around the outside of the plot.
Regular gardening sessions at St Clements Church: Sunday afternoons, twice a month (dates below). All are welcome – come and join us or call by for a chat over the fence. We can also arrange to meet you for gardening at other times. Leave a message here, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our sessions are on Sundays at 4pm at the Nose at St Clements Church on Scarcroft Road. We provide all the equipment and occasionally snacks! Feel free to message us with any questions and share with friends.
17th March – Tea and cake
31st March – Onions and broad beans
14th April- Potatoes
12th May – beans and peas
26th May – squash and sweetcorn
23rd June – BBQ
7th July – weeding and fruit picking
15th September – Picnic
27th October – last session
At St Clements, we have gardening spades and forks, and hand tools, which are available when we have our sessions or by arrangement at other times.
This community garden is for everyone who is interested in growing (and eating) beautiful edible plants, especially all the local people who are deprived of growing space. All are welcome to come and do a little weeding, pruning or planting – or pick some of the produce, when it’s ready – or get more involved by becoming part of the ‘stewarding group’ who will plan what will be planted. For more information on this, please contact email@example.com