December 2013

The area was overgrown with self-planting trees, brambles and couch grass.

Discussions started about having a community run garden that could support people and produce fresh organic produce, enabling people to live happy, healthy lives within the natural limits of our planet.

January 2014

Volunteers from: The local community, Community of Grace, Community Payback Team worked through cold and wet winter days to clear the land ready for planting. 

February 2014

The work continued on the land and the whole space was cleared. When the weather was too bad for digging and chopping, seedlings were planted. Local councilors visited and discussed a grant for essential equipment and two poly-tunnels.

March 2014

The potato, broad bean and strawberry beds were planted out. Mulch started to be laid down to suppress the weeds and to keep the nutrients and water in the soil.

April 2014

A large frame was constructed to protect crops from the pigeons, magpies, pheasants and squirrels who were starting to take interest in the crops. Wildlife areas and a pond were developed round the edge of the site.

May 2014

The first outdoor salad crop was harvested, including mustard leaves and rocket. The root veg was showing growth and so were the weeds!  The netting area was completed and the strawberry and pea crops were well underway. The poly-tunnel was ordered and should arrive early next month. Hundreds of seedlings were waiting in the hall, desperate for sun and warmth!

June 2014

The construction of the poly- tunnel started with digging over 100 feet of trenches.IBC water tanks arrived and irrigation put in place ready for planting in the poly-tunnel. The first crops were planted in the tunnel including: aubergines, peppers, chilies, tomatoes and cucumbers. The broad beans are nearly full size and ready to harvest.

July 2014

Broad beans, beetroot, peas, squash, courgettes, onions, aurbergines were harversted . Now the vegetable garden is well underway, research into other urban gardening techniques could commence and Gracworks’ first living wall was created as an example of how you can grow vertically in an urban setting.