The Wildlife Trust community garden

We are delighted to have a new community garden here at Rushden Lakes based near AJ Cycles! The Wildlife Trust BCN started the project after Donna French (Rushden Lakes Centre Manager) kindly offered a green space and asked the Trust to coordinate and create a wildlife friendly area whilst working with local community groups.

The garden is at it’s early stages but some fantastic progress has already been made including some new planters and fencing. The students of the Higham campus at Moulton College are very excited to design and build raised new beds and benches.

The community garden will provide a green space for many different groups to enjoy such as people with physical and learning disabilities, local schools, as well as children and families who do not currently have access to their own green space. The Wildlife Trust believe the garden will be of great benefit to the health and wellbeing of everyone in the local community.

They’ve already had visits from community groups including Cando Care and Headway East Northants. They were meet and greet sessions they can get to know one other before the garden is ready to be worked on. Everyone enjoyed the chance to chat about wildlife at the Nene Wetlands, the work of The Wildlife Trust BCN and wildlife friendly gardening. They are just in the process of starting to work with a third group, Growild too.

Practical volunteers from the Nene Wetlands work party have been busy last week to transfer some donated pallets into tiered planters. During spring they will be start to fill up the planters with compost, and with the help of groups and volunteers they will be transferring some of their seedlings they have been growing in biodegradable pots at the Visitor Centre to the planters at the garden area.

We are also delighted to say that many local businesses have already made very generous donations to the Community Garden Project and they are very grateful.

The Wildlife Trust welcome the chance to have even more community groups involved, and any generous donations from local businesses would be greatly appreciated. If anyone would like more information they can contact Viktoria via email