The Okeover Garden (off Engineering road), one of UC’s Community Gardens, has been transformed over the last months as part of Project ReScape. If you have not visited recently, it is worth having a look during a sunny lunch break.
The new planter boxes are now showing the beautiful design, which blends the simplicity of straight edges with the unique character of the mandala. Jane Aistrope, UC’s Community Gardener, reports that the newly raised beds, which have solid edges to rest on, are enjoyed by the gardeners as they do not have to bend down all the time! With lovely rich compost amendments (UC’s own leaf mulch, rotted wood chip and soil), the plants have made good growth and are cropping well. Despite the interruption of the makeover, the gardens increased their vegetable production again in 2015.
2016 will be a year of continuing and finishing this project as we work on the orchard glade, a wheelchair accessible planter box, an outdoor kitchen and re-cladding the tool shed. Come and be part of the action whether you’re new to gardening, have green thumbs or are handy with tools. Friday afternoon working bees (1-4 pm during term time) can be as relaxing or energetic as you choose, but good people and fresh produce are guaranteed.