This weekend I visited the Triangle Garden Open Day at Ransoms Recreation Park in Hitchin, a community project that promotes the benefits of working with the natural world of Horticulture.  It is available for all ages and abilities and brings together the community in a positive way. Having passed by this area daily on my trip to the Nutrition clinic in Bancroft Hitchin, I was intrigued in knowing what took place there and what activities were on offer for the community. I was so surprised what I discovered behind the shadow of Grove road.

As I began the Garden Tour through the Willow Arch we passed the evocative scents of the Herb Garden and saw the flowering blossoms of “soon to grow” fruits in the Mini Orchard. This led us by the Pollinators Garden yet to be planted but soon to be a guaranteed haven for bees and other insects which are crucial to pollinating and food growth – without them we would have no produce to harvest! Further areas included The Willow Maze, Bluebell Glade, Wildlife Pond, Winter Garden, Ferny Stepping Stones, Christmas Tree, Bug Hotel and Forest Garden. This thoughtfully designed landscape really does offer an opportunity to discover the wonders of nature at any time of the year.

The Community Mosaic is the centrepiece which brings all corners of the garden together. This was created with many local groups under the artistic guidance of local artisan, Jane Visick Mosaics. It provides an outdoor classroom space for visitors and groups. Throughout the summer there is a weekly Friday morning Gardening Club where anyone can learn more about sustainable gardening and get some healthy exercise at the same time whilst socialising with others, perfect for anyone suffering with boredom, loneliness or simply wishes to find a healthy hobby. For those who work during the week, on the last Sunday of every month, volunteers are welcomed to come and join in the fun too.

Community Projects are also run from the site:

Growing Ability is for people with learning disabilities and uses social and therapeutic horticulture to improve self-esteem, confidence, literacy and numeracy in budding gardeners.

Growing Gang is a community based work-experience project, whose members offer gardening services locally to churches, village halls and schools.

Growing Health is a guided support group set up to help its learning disabled members lead healthier, more active lives. Activities include cooking, learning about healthy eating, walking and sport.

Finally, Ransom’s Pavilion offers shelter on rainy days for community meetings, children’s parties and private workshops as is available for hire by external groups for a small fee of £15 for a half day.

This community project has inspired me to venture further so this week I will be meeting with one of their volunteers, Liz McElroy to discuss how my skills as a Nutritional Therapist can be utilised to support this worthy project further. There are other Volunteer Vacancies currently available if you would like to be part of this project. Publicity Coordinator and Events Coordinator are both currently available. Email: triangle.garden@ntlworld.com for further details.

If you would like to know more about the Triangle Garden you can contact Liz McElroy at liz@trianglegarden.org

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