The Journey so Far
At the beginning
Growing Sudley is the result of many years of community work and consultation. A number of groups and individuals have been integral to its development since 2012.
The current plans for the project are based around ideas the community have had on how to bring the walled garden back into constructive use, which have been collected and documented at community engagement events.
Engaging the community
An early activity by the group around historical food production was delivered as part of the city wide Mr Seel’s Garden project, another initiative saw a community garden established with raised beds plus a mini-orchard (since vandalised) and seasonal community events such as Halloween, camp fire cooking and family forest events have been well attended and allowed us to discuss and consult on our ideas.
Growing A Therapeutic Garden
A number of public events and consultations were held during Growing Sudley’s early development and a website and social media presence were established to provide a forum for discussion about the site. The collages (below) visually represent many of the ideas the community had for the space: from allotments to star gazing to a viewing tower that would take in the fabulous vistas of the city, the Mersey and the Welsh hills beyond. A public consultation and questionnaire circulated to residents and park users showed some kind of horticulture project as being the most popular use of the walled garden by far.
During Spring-Autumn 2017 and 2018, the CIC ran two Big Lottery Awards For All funded pilot projects consisting of regular gardening and outdoor sessions with adults with disabilities and health conditions, and outdoor nature-themed holiday clubs with local children aged 5-11yrs. Both strands were well attended and proved a valuable way of developing the brief as well as continuing to grow the community involvement at grass roots level.