Welcome to the Secret Garden South of Bobber's Mill Bridge in Nottingham

Welcome to Windmill Community Gardens, home of the Climate Friendly Gardeners Project.

We are a group of local people, who are nurturing a wonderful community garden in the heart of the city. You'll find us just South of Bobbersmill Bridge, on the allotment site at the South end of Ascot Road. The Gardens are a great place where anyone can come to find out more about growing their own food in a changing climate. We cater for all abilities and welcome any nationality or age group.

Why not come and join us?

Thursday 20 April 2023

It's Spring 

Or it's supposed to be according to the calendar.  Our beds are all prepared for planting and the polytunnel is bulging with plants ready to plant out.  However we are doing this really slowly with the help of horticultural fleece, as there is still the possibility of frost.  We are lucky this year, in that we have three more beds in our newly acquired Bog Garden.  This will give us room for more variety of plants.  The long dry summer last year saw some of the beds in the photo above, becoming in need of constant watering, which was a problem with a hose pipe ban.  So far we have planted Beetroot, Garlic, Onions, Lettuce, Carrots, Broad Beans, Peas and Potatoes.  We have some plants to spare if you want to get in touch.  Mainly Lettuce, Beetroot and Peas. 

Carley cutting her farewell cake.

  Carley who ran the Thursday afternoon sessions and is part of Growing Forward, has finally had her leg operation and is no-longer able to run the Thursday afternoon  sessions.  She has been replaced by Tara, an experienced community gardener.  There is plenty of space for new volunteers on both Monday and Thursday, so please drop in, or get in touch if you want to help.  It's a really peaceful space to be for a few hours and the rewards come in the summer when there is fresh produce for us all.

The Boots Team taking a break

  We owe a huge thanks to  the team of workers from Boots who have just done a blitz on our newly acquired Wild Garden, which was full of rubbish, ground coverings and excess brambles until yesterday.  We are hoping to use this for children's Forest School activities, as well as for the fruit from the trees and wild plants for eating and herbal remedies.  Lucy, the Nottingham Forager is going to use the space as a base too, which will mean that it will be kept as natural as possible.

Future Activities:

Monday 8th of May.  .SSBC session for under 4s in the morning.

Eat and Exercise sessions will be starting soon, thanks to funding from City Homes and Castle Cavendish and will run through the summer on Thursdays.  There will be a cooked meal using our produce and an exercise session such as arm chair yoga or dance.

Saturday 22nd July - Art in the Garden.  If you are an artist or crafts person and would like to exhibit, or run a creative session, please get in touch.

Rosie Jarrett.  20.04.2023