Lavender Place Community Gardens

Lavender Place Community Gardens are open to visitors at any time.

Thames Valley Police in partnership with Food4families and working with volunteers from Reading Food Growing Network, pupils from Deenway Montessori School and students from Activate Learning Reading College have created a temporary community garden on the site of former Civic Offices until they are re-developed.

The garden is located beside the Hexagon in Central Reading, Cusden Walk, Reading RG1 7AE.

Courses and Tutor led events in 2022

Tuesdays
during term time
10am - 12 noon
Introduction to Food Growing
A relaxed community gardening session where you will learn the basics of food growing
 
In partnership with Reading College
 
Contact info@lavenderplace.org.uk to find out more
Fridays
during term time
3 - 5pm
Improve Your Food Growing Skills
A relaxed community gardening session where you will learn more about food growing
 
In partnership with Reading College
 
Contact info@lavenderplace.org.uk to find out more
Saturdays 10am - 12noon A drop-in community gardening session Contact info@lavenderplace.org.uk to find out more
 

All our courses are FREE but donations towards our running costs are always welcome. You can donate during the booking process.

For any questions about the Community Garden, please contact Beth at info@lavenderplace.org.uk

History of the garden

Study of the Victorian maps of the area that was demolished to make way for Civic Offices, Courts and Police Station show that there were many courtyards with edible connotations: Wine Court, Lavender Place, Cherry Court, Plum Court, Grape Passage. This may be indication of small holdings. Lavender Place was just where the herb garden will be.

See the concept design plan and document.

Work commenced in June 2018, with an area being mown, raised beds constructed by Activate Learning from Reading College, and a herb garden laid out by Deenway Montessori School, all supervised by Food4families with help from members of Reading Food Growing Network. Fruit trees and bushes have been planted in pots, and vegetables added to the beds.

The vision is for the garden to be accessed  by all members of Reading's community as somewhere to come together to grow fruit and veegtables but also just to enjoy as a beautiful green space.

Photo Gallery

Lavender Place Community Gardens begins to take shape with raised beds and water containers. An Olive tree stands in the middle. 

The Hexagon overlooks the garden area with wood-chips in a circle marking out the beginning of an Amphitheatre. A pergola can be seen to the left with a seating area over to the rear.

A new arrival to Lavender Place Community Gardens with help from the children attending Deenway Montessori School

The extent of the garden under development in August 2018, each of the pots contain shrubs etc.  

For further information please go to https://www.facebook.com/LavenderPlaceGardens/  or contact us.

Photo gallery

Reading Civic Centre Offices
Reading Civic Centre Offices
Demolition 2016
Demolition 2016
Grass mown for new garden
Grass mown for new garden
Herb garden and olive tree
Herb garden and olive tree