Five reasons to start a community garden
Wouldn’t it be great if every town had a community garden where neighbours could get together and enjoy the benefits of gardening. By creating community gardens in towns and cities, we are all contributing to nature and well-being for ourselves and our community.
Community gardens are growing in popularity so here are my top reasons to start.
Gardening is a fabulous way to keep fit and all that fresh air will leave you feeling on top of the world. Community gardening could be a welcoming distraction for overcoming loss, anxiety or helping with mental health. Gardening is also a gentle form of exercise and can help with flexibility and mobility skills.
A community garden brings opportunity to meet different people from all walks of life. Friends and neighbours can learn new skills by teaching and communicating with each other. A group of friends could grow some fresh produce in their community garden and sell goods to provide an income for seeds or tools. Your new friends may even recommend a charity that you could donate your earnings to.
We all thrive to live in a clean, safe town and a well kept village will earn you a good reputation. Flowers and plants add colour to a space and enhance our moods. A community garden is also a place where you could practice your creativity. How lovely would it be to stop by a community garden in your town or village and purchase a fresh bunch of flowers to take home with you?!
A place to potter, sit and chat with new friends and neighbours and just generally chill out. Your garden can be in any space you like – even in the middle of a busy town. What a satisfying experience to sit in a deck chair and watch the world go by for a while.
By creating a community garden you are also creating an environmentally friendly place to attract wildlife. Bees are especially important to our environment and need as much help as they can to keep them producing pollen. Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce, and so many plants depend on bees or other insects as pollinators.