Age Concern
    North Dorset

Sturminster Newton and district
               Charity No. 1002030

STURMINSTER COMMUNITY GARDEN

CONTENTS

 

Sturminster Newton Community Garden is up and running
Adopt  a Raised Bed - annual membership 10

Sturminster Newton medical centre and Marnhull surgery are pleased to sponsor the raised beds

Where is it?

Sturminster Newton High School, Honeymead Lane. The High School has generously offered a significant plot of land to be used as a  cultivation area with permission to add a shed for the benefit of the community.

When?

Weekly afternoon sessions from 3.00 to 5.00 pm (days to be confirmed)

Who Can  Join?

All local older men (50+).  The target group is men  although women are also welcome. No experience necessary.

What is  the aim?

The aim of the project is to provide a safe, hassle-free garden space for older men who do not have the space at home  themselves, and who can no longer manage a whole space but would like the opportunity to grow some produce and spend time in a pleasant garden.  Also to provide an opportunity for younger people to learn from older people sharing their knowledge and skills on project activities, including how to grow home produce.

Older men can meet and get involved in a variety of productive activities, and to teach young people life skills, including how to grow their  own food.

Growing food in raised beds
Growing food using permaculture  techniques
Planting fruit trees
Cultivating flowers
Developing a wildlife garden
Design and technology
Hosting presentations and workshops

How do I Adopt a Bed?

Eight  newly built raised beds are available with an annual membership fee of 10 per  person. One person can sign up for one raised bed, or you can partner with  another person or people. Raised beds will be looked after and watered during the week by the project volunteers.

Contact the Project Coordinator at the Age Concern Office on 01258 475 582 to Adopt a Raised Bed.

How do I volunteer?

You can volunteer at the gardening project and share your skills in the following areas:

  • Supporting older people at the project
  • Carpentry
  • Building a shed
  • Designing the garden
  • Creating an  interesting and pleasing space for the community
  • Planting seeds and seedlings
  • Weeding
  • Demonstrating propagation techniques at the  sessions
  • Facilitating workshops
  • Marketing and media to promote the project


We aim to create a fun and busy garden that can be enjoyed by older men (and women) and worked on by a diverse team of all ages. We hope to be able to share the produce between the gardeners.

Please contact the Project Coordinator at the Age  Concern Office on 01258 475 582 to Adopt a Raised Bed, or register as a volunteer.

The Sturminster Newton Community Garden project is targeted towards older men over 50 (although women would also be welcome) in the  Sturminster area and surrounding villages who may be isolated or lonely, or who  have been affected by life-changing events such as bereavement and redundancy.  The intention is to provide a secure social environment where older men can meet and get involved in a variety of productive activities, and to teach young people life skills, including how to grow their own food. The project will be  located at Sturminster Newton High School which has generously offered a significant plot of land to be used as a cultivation area with permission to add a shed for the benefit of the community.  The school has given its support  for the project to encourage participation of students so that they learn key skills for the future and gain a greater understanding and respect for the vast  skills and experience of older people.