Photo of Tamsin Westhorpe's book titled Grasping the Nettle

8th February 2024

Wimborne Community Garden Autumn Diary

Life at Wimborne Community Garden never seems to stop! The autumn was a whirlwind of activity with: winning the South and South East in Bloom Community Garden award; hosting a wonderful evening with Tamsin Westhorpe;  and holding a fun and delicious pumpkin curry event!

A woman holds a cake and smiles at the camera

Amongst all this, due to the extraordinary generosity of the Hendy Foundation Trust and the skills yet again of our friend and brickworks expert Dan Higgs, we now have a glorious paved path that snakes its way through what is to be our sensory garden beds.

This beautifully laid path also runs through the ‘wild area’ of the garden to the entrance gate which is at the end of Beaucroft College’s car park. With the path in place, this means that now, whatever the weather, we are easily accessible for wheelchairs, rollator walkers, buggies etc.  As the path goes on to run through the sensory garden, again this makes more of the garden readily accessible to everyone.

A garden with winding, paved path

The sensory garden is another exciting development as very soon we are going to be planting this up with a wonderful array of grasses. This too is yet a further example of amazing generosity, as the grasses are a donation from Neil Lucas from Knowle Gardens. Not only has Neil given us so many of his beautiful grasses but he has also shared so much of his knowledge with us and thrilled us with his enthusiasm for our garden.

Close up photo of grasses growing in a garden

We then finished the gardening year in style! We invited groups, who use the garden, and our neighbours to join us in the garden before Christmas for carol singing. We were wonderfully accompanied by a super steel band called The Purple Parrots and sang our hearts out, spurred on by mulled wine and mince pies! Even Father Christmas called in on us which thrilled the younger folk there and warmed the hearts of the rest of us watching on. The feeling of the magic of Christmas and the power of a joyful community was palpable.

A group of people play musical instruments while wearing festive hats

So despite the rain and the winds, the bulbs are in, we are still very busy and life at Wimborne Community Garden is good! Do feel free to come and visit us any Wednesday morning, Friday afternoon or Sunday afternoon at the top of School Lane, opposite Beaucroft College  – we can’t promise you a dry welcome but always a warm one! You can find out more about our garden on our web page below…

Wimborne Community Garden

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