First birthday celebrations of Goldington’s Golden Gardens on Saturday morning have been given an extra boost with the news that the project has been awarded a ‘merit’ in Anglia in Bloom’s Neighbourhood Awards.
Supported by funds from bpha, the Golden Gardens project has turned two disused garage sites in Elliot Crescent and Milburn Road into communal gardens for all to enjoy.
Local residents already knew the project was great but now it’s official! As well as the award of the merit for the project, it was also recognised for its contribution to Bedford having won the Best Small City category in the same awards.
Sylvia Peacock, a resident who was instrumental in making the project happen, said: “It’s been amazing to see an ugly and derelict patch of ground transformed into a place where all sorts of people can be creative, grow plants and vegetables and learn new skills. It’s good to stand back and take a look at what we’ve achieved by working together.”
The nursery is tended by the residents themselves with support from bpha, which also organises community activities in the garden. These include a weekly gardening club, carols at Christmas, an Easter egg hunt, various activities for children and gardening courses for beginners and intermediates.
Liz Robertson, assistant community development manager at bpha said: “Residents have been involved throughout, from the initial consultation to the planning and development of the gardens, and it’s been great to see the enthusiasm and commitment from the local community.
“We are now looking to draw in partner groups to consider a sensory garden and are keen for volunteers, young or old, to help us make the gardens a sustainable community project.”
Anyone is welcome to join in the celebrations this weekend, when residents host an open morning at the Elliot Crescent garden on Saturday 19th September between 10am and 12pm.
For more information about Golden Gardens or to get involved, contact Kim Norris, Community Development Officer, on 01234 221219.