This can be the most exciting yet daunting aspect of a group’s journey- visioning, creating and growing a garden that fulfils its purpose, is productive and works for everyone.
A few critical things outlined in the Resources below will help you to get started, keep you inspired and can support you to grow, change and adapt your space over time.
Take your time, get to know your space and don’t be in a hurry to do it all at once. The most functional gardens are made by people who work them. Remember, the most important features are a good compost system, a water catchment system and a ‘Welcome’ sign!
We routinely support groups by looking at their proposed garden layout. Contact us if you’d like to think through your ideas.
At the time of writing many common aspects of infrastructure associated with storing tools, growing in a protected environment and getting together to keep dry may require planning permission. This appendix from The Community Land Advisory Service may help.
The Community Learning Exchange can support your growing group with developing your site design. We can help@ to work through an idea, discuss your design and identify a group you can learn from.