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 have turned 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?

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 now offers 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 became more sustainable and impressive as new features were built.

Facilities:

We have 2 polytunnels and three greenhouses for 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 holds raspberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries, tayberries, jostaberries etc. We have built a composting toilet and general composting area. Also on site we have a static caravan which we use as a base for the garden with catering and meeting facilities and we a woodburning stove to make it more comfortable in winter.

Crop Growing:

Lunchtime in the caravan

Our vegetable growing plan is based on a four-year crop rotation system with one plot growing potatoes, one growing legumes, one growing brassicas etc. and the final plot growing onions and root crops.

Funding:

We initially received a grant from the ‘Thriving Communities Fund’ via Derbyshire County Council which enabled us to introduce a number of features to the Community Garden.

Further funding has been received from various sources which has enabled us to build raised beds, a wildlife area including a pond, a pizza oven and barbeque external dining area, and we have been able to buy many new tools and materials.

Future plans:

We hope to be able to continue to maintain the garden and welcome visitors to regular open days and plant sale events.