Letchworth Community Garden Project
In 2014 we joined forces with the Royal Horticultural Society to create two new sustainable community gardens in Letchworth Garden City.
The first garden was built with support from local community gardening group ARCH at the Wynd at the heart of Letchworth town centre and was created to inspire local residents the fantastic things that can be achieved in your garden or allotment. A second garden was brought to Standalone Farm in the summer of 2014, having been on display at the RHS Hampton Court Palace show. This garden celebrates 50 years of the UK’s biggest community gardening campaign, In Bloom and was designed by Bloom judge and multi-RHS Gold medal winner Jon Wheatley. It also charts the history of Britain in Bloom, from the bedding plants popular in the 1960s to sustainable modern gardens.
We also delivered a learning programme to run alongside the project, which included a series of introductory gardening sessions led by specialist RHS trainers and ARCH community group leader Steve Howells.
In 2015 we added another show garden at the Wynd to create a tranquil setting in the town centre and to encourage wildlife.
Thank you to our volunteers
These projects could not have happened without the help of our wonderful team of volunteers. We like to thank our team of volunteers and ARCH community group who have worked tirelessly throughout the project.
We need volunteers!
So far, we’ve had a great response to our 2016 volunteer planting sessions. In April, more than 20 volunteers joined us to plant our new show garden at Standalone Farm, which celebrates the influence of Letchworth Garden City on international garden cities in Australia, Germany, China and South Africa.
We are now looking for volunteers to help us maintain this garden and to plant our RHS garden at the Wynd. It’s a great way to meet new people, keep active and learn new skills, plus it’s hugely rewarding when the gardens come into bloom.
Get involved today
There are lots of ways to get involved. If you would like to volunteer and be part of the planting and maintenance of the gardens, or if you would like to be part of our learning programme, please call
01462 476007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org