Origins of the garden
In 2010 it was a piece of wasteground hidden behind a tall hedge in a corner of Alice Park. Local resident and Transition Larkhall member Kathy Cook discovered it by accident while out walking her dog. Recognising its potential, she obtained permission from the Council to set up a garden on the land.
What’s in the garden?
After five years of hard work, the garden now consists of raised vegetable beds, fruit trees, a circular social area with log seating, a wildlife pond, access path, wooden benches, a shed, a greenhouse, and our wonderful hand-built green oak shelter.
Kathy Cook, Garden Manager: “Wildlife and good practice in the food growing area are a priority so we can maintain the project now and for the future, so we are delighted that we can make a social area in the garden space that appeals to the senses and less managed nature.”
What is Transition Larkhall?
Transition Larkhall is one of a network of ‘Transition Towns’ and ‘Transition Villages’ across the UK and abroad. The brainchild of Rob Hopkins, the aim of the transition movement is to prepare local communities for a time of ‘transition’, literally a move away from dependency on fossil fuels and global supply chains. Transition towns and villages like Larkhall aim to put in place the changes we need to ensure our communities can thrive in the face of future climate change and energy shortages. .
What does Alice Park Community Garden have to do with Transition?
The garden was set up by members of Transition Larkhall’s Food Group and continues to be run by them on a voluntary basis. By sharing skills and knowledge, and encouraging volunteers and visitors to grow their own fruit and vegetables, Alice Park Community Garden gives local people the tools for self-reliance as well as being a social hub where local community members can gather.