East Reading Children's Centre

Community Garden Based Site with sessions every Thursday 10.30am-11.30am (term time only)

Project tutor - Sandra Robinson

Summary

Planting sunflowers at East Reading Children's CentreEast Reading Children’s Centre is gardening with food4families at the Ridgeline Trust garden, which is next to the Centre at Hamilton Road.

The garden is a beautiful place with plenty of space for families to get gardening but also to enjoy nature and being outdoors.

In 2010 the Children’s Centre used a small patch of land there to successfully create a vegetable garden. In 2011 food4families became involved with the Centre. Regular sessions are now being held every Thursday morning (10.30-11.30am) at the garden during the growing season for families with children under 5. The space for the Children’s Centre garden has also tripled in size so provides ample space to for families to learn how to grow food and to garden in a sustainable way.

So far this year we have had many local parents and children helping us transform the patch. We have dug over the plot and created a fun design using brick paths that the children love to run around. We have planted beans, peas, courgettes, pumpkins, radishes, sweetcorn, cucumbers and tomatoes. We plan to plant a little herb garden and we are also growing flowers to attract beneficial insects. We have sown seeds for the garden and also for the children to take home if they wish. Parents and children can come along and get stuck into digging and planting or simply enjoy the garden, exploring the nature areas or sitting under the shade of one of the beautiful trees. The garden is fenced and gated so is a safe area for the children to explore.

All the seeds, pots, compost and tools required are provided by food4families at these sessions. Children and their carers just need to turn up and get gardening!

If you would like to find out more about the project please contact us.