We love visiting community gardens whenever we can find one to explore. We like to see what they are trying to do and particularly how gardening is involved in their client activities. We were delighted to find one open under the auspices of the National Garden Scheme not far away just over the Welsh border into Powys. As we approached over a river bridge and first spotted the building we were taken aback by its sheer size. It looked an impressive building with its gardens sloping down to the river bank.
We received a warm welcome from the volunteers who ran the centre and enjoyed a tasty cup of tea and extravagant looking cup cake each as we chatted and learned more about the work of the group. We were amazed at what we heard and were full of admiration.
We couldn’t wait to wander around the garden and see what the volunteer leaders and their clients were up to on this steeply sloping wooded riverside site.
Bunting and flags always add to the feeling of being warmly welcome in any garden and here they fluttered in profusion.
Mosaics were popular ways of decorating features here from table tops to sundials. The clients created these in their art and craft sessions.
There were clues at every turn that wildlife was welcome to share the garden with the clients, volunteers and visitors.
There was such a sense of humour prevailing throughout the community garden and many craft items created by the clients illustrated this.
As with any garden whatever its primary function fine examples of plants are good to see.
Productive gardening was all part of the work here with the produce grown and nurtured by the clients being sold to help raise funds for the community garden. Wormeries sat in one corner working away producing compost and liquid feed for the veg.
We found some fine examples of craftwork in metal and fabrics among the plants on the slopes.
We finished our tour by taking wooden steps and gravel paths down to the riverside where we ended beneath colourful cheerful bunting just as we had started. We were so glad to have discovered this special place run by such special people and they also told us of another community not too far away which may be a place for a future visit.