Annecy Gardens has won awards, one from Cheltenham in Bloom and the other from Cheltenham Allotments because the garden provided a practice ground for people to learn to grow their own. If you are interested in joining our group or want to learn how to grow things, we meet on site each Monday evening between 6:00-7:30 during the growing season.
Members of the public are welcome to help themselves to any vegetables produced on site, just as long as they leave some for others. Please remember to wash all produce thoroughly before consumption.
The Edible Garden in Annecy Garden (Sandford Park) was established in 2012. Initially, the beds in the lawn were prepared by CBC and then passed on to the volunteers. After a successful first season, CBC cleared an additional area of shrubbery which provided a composting area and space for fruit bushes. Two apple trees were also planted.
A weekly by a group of volunteers tend the garden and they bring their enthusiasm, share seeds and discuss planting ideas. They take delight in seeing local people from all walks use the garden as well as harvest its produce. They also appreciate that many who walk by are actually on their way to the local hospital and will be greeted at this park entrance by such a positive community project.
Some of the volunteers have invaluable skills; Malcolm for example has studied botany and knows a great deal about the culinary use of plants. Anne, another valuable team member, knows how to grow food that incorporates techniques from permaculture. They have all learnt more about the plants and have shared this knowledge with other volunteers and the public who regularly chat to them.