Chesterfield's Organic Demonstration Garden

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We have moved to our Winter opening times so the garden will not be open on Thursday evenings now. So the opening now is  Sundays 10am -3pm and Wednesdays 1pm-3pm sessions.

As you will be aware, we have been trying since February to negotiate with Derbyshire County Council to lease a plot of land off Manor Road. The land has been unused for about 25 years and was once part of the site of the former Manor Secondary School.  After several issues raised over the last few months, we believe we have finally reached the basis of an agreement, but this is still subject to final confirmation.

If agreed, the next step will be to submit a planning application to Chesterfield Borough Council for ‘change of use’, as it is currently designated a playing field.  We are cautiously optimistic of gaining approval but this process will still take several weeks to conclude.  Once granted, we will then be in a position to finalise the contract.

Overall, this means that we may not have a resolution before the end of the year, as we had hoped.  We will, however, be starting to plan in anticipation of a move early in the new year and we hope that you will be willing to join one or more of the groups we will need, to organise and effect the creation of our new garden. This will include the planning and design of the new site, together with the moving of all our sheds, greenhouses, polytunnels, fruit cage, fruit trees and bushes to the new site so we can start afresh for the new growing season.

We hope you will join with us in anticipating a revitalised Inspire Garden and would welcome any expressions of interest in joining our team of trustees to see this through.  Please contact Steve if you would like to be involved in this in any way.

We are also planning a slightly different approach to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year.  We have decided to hold it on Sunday, October 20th with the formal meeting starting at 1pm.  We are going to fire up the pizza oven for the last time this year and plan to share pizzas from about 12 noon onwards.  All are welcome and we hope that the weather on the day will be kind to us.

In order to help us with catering, we would appreciate it if you would let me know how many will attend to ensure we have sufficient food for everyone.  We would welcome any contributions of cakes etc. to help the meeting along.

Thank you for your patience during this time.