Members of the community group Transition Chesterfield started the search for a site for a demonstration organic garden following permaculture principles in the summer of 2015. We found a site which lies between the Westfield Allotments, off Ashgate Road, and the Fairplay Children’s Charity Garden off Alexandra Road West near to Chesterfield town centre and so began ‘The INSPIRE COMMUNITY GARDEN’.
We are turning what was wasteland into a very productive and informative garden where the town and the community can benefit in a variety of ways.
Why don’t you join us on the journey?
Our garden offers opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in working the land, growing food and developing a sense of community. In addition the site will offer many other opportunities for the community and visitors to witness demonstrations of more sustainable living in the wider sense.
Our first working day on the land was on Sunday 17th April 2016 when we began clearing the top section of the site. Over the weeks our garden becomes more sustainable and impressive as new features are built.
We have a polytunnel in place and growing various fruit and vegetables with a simple water collection method to capture most of the water falling on the structure. We also have a lockable store on site with our supplies and tools. Our soft fruit cage has been built and planted with raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries, tayberries, jostaberries etc. We have built a composting toilet and general composting area. A recent arrival is a second-hand static caravan which will be a base for the garden with catering and meeting facilities and we have just installed a woodburning stove to make it more comfortable in winter.
Growing Plan 2019:
Our vegetable growing plan in 2019 will be based on a four-year crop rotation system with one plot growing potatoes, one growing legumes, one growing brassicas etc. and the final plot proving onions and root crops. The four plots have been identified and are being marked out.
We are pleased to have received a grant from the ‘Thriving Communities Fund’ via Derbyshire County Council. This has enabled us to introduce a number of new features to the Community Garden and will allow us to add further facilities over the coming months including raised beds, an orchard, a wildlife area, including a pond and many new tools and materials.