Lavender Place Community Gardens

Food4families is in partnership with Thames Valley Police to create a temporary community garden on the site of former Civic Offices til they are re-developed in 5 years.

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.

Photo gallery

Civic Centre
Civic Centre
Demolishing the Civic Centre
Demolishing the Civic Centre
Ground cleared
Ground cleared
Site for new garden, with seating area
Site for new garden, with seating area
Seating area in place
Seating area in place
Example of pergola
Example of pergola
Site for the ampitheatre
Site for the ampitheatre
Design for ampitheatre
Design for ampitheatre
Meadow mown for placement of raised beds
Meadow mown for placement of raised beds
Raised beds being constructed
Raised beds being constructed
Beds for herb garden being laid out
Beds for herb garden being laid out
Olive tree and herb beds
Olive tree and herb beds
Sunset apples
Sunset apples
Rhubarb and gooseberries
Rhubarb and gooseberries
Vegetable bed
Vegetable bed