Cricketield COmmunity Garden

Community Matters: Cricketfield garden is blooming marvellous!

Torbay Weekly

As community builders, we support individuals to enrich their lives by connecting with others and encouraging involvement in their own neighbourhood activities.

We also support the groups, organisations and spaces where this activity happens.

One of the spaces that we have been supporting over the last few years is Cricketfield Community Garden on Cricketfield Road.

It is actually on the grounds of Torquay Academy, who have supported this project and some of you may remember it as ‘Gardens and Greens’, which was a Hele’s Angels project about five years ago.

The garden is a place to belong, a place to breathe and a place to grow.

The garden members are supporting each other to grow plants and friendships together.

The communally grown vegetables and fruit are shared by the garden members or are available on our stall at the gate.

Any surplus being used for community events and this year we are supporting a Christmas dinner on Christmas Day at the Acorn Centre.

Current weekly open sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 2pm; however, if you become a garden member you get unlimited access to the garden.

There is wild space to attract nature alongside areas for growing fruit and vegetables.

There is a luxury compost loo and a social shed where you can have a cup of tea and a chat.

Over the last year, with the help of a grant from the Co-op, the Merry Berry garden of fruit trees and bushes has been planted and is blooming.

The garden provides a space for local residents of all ages and for groups such as Thrive Project, Play Torbay, Compassion in Action, Ellacombe Community Partnership, CuttleFish Collective, Torquay Academy Duke of Edinburgh awards students, Torbay Tree Warden Scheme, Ageing Well Programme and the Acorn Centre.

The garden is having an open day as part of the birthday celebrations for Rowcroft’s 40th birthday on Saturday (June 25) from 11am until 4pm.

Free entry and refreshments available for a donation to Rowcroft Hospice, plus garden tours and games.

For more information, contact Dan Best on 07905 765 263 also on Facebook and Instagram.

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