The following set out the Aims and Objectives and therefore the principles by which we will manage the garden and the reasoning for these.
- The garden will be an organic demonstration garden. Reasons include:
Organic growing demands good practice in soil and water management, and so provides an opportunity to demonstrate sound horticultural understanding.Organic growing contributes to a better more diverse environment for wildlife.
Organic growing uses about ¼ less energy than conventional methods (see point 10)
Organic growing is a sustainable way of growing. Fertilisers and pesticides are dependent on oil.
- The garden will embrace the concepts of permaculture – an ecological design system that renews natural resources and enriches local ecosystems. Permaculture requires that we think before we act.
- We will create a garden that promotes wildlife and biodiversity.
- We will create a garden that is enjoyable and attractive to visit for the purposes of work, rest and contemplation and that contributes positively to the environmental quality of the area.
- We will minimise inputs to the garden from outside and minimise the waste we produce by reusing and recycling and growing a range of useful non food plants alongside fruit and vegetables. We will recycle all organic waste within the garden, composting and reusing where possible. Renewable resources will be relied upon wherever possible.
- Where we do require inputs from outside we will attempt to source these through making what we need ourselves from sustainable materials, donations, second hand or recycled goods.
- Where the above options are not possible we will as far as possible source locally, buying from local independent nurseries and farms and using local professionals and craftspeople.
- We will engage with the local community and seek their involvement in all stages of the garden’s progress. The garden should provide a place for the local community to grow food, meet, enjoy and learn new skills.
- We will seek to use the garden to improve the quality of life, confidence, skills and knowledge of as wide a range of our community as possible including those who are most vulnerable or often excluded for whatever reason.
- We will seek to use the garden to promote the key messages of the Transition movement. The above principles and the way in which we manage the garden will be the vehicle by which we can encourage all in our community to learn about and rise to the challenges that are being posed by climate change and our diminishing fossil fuel supplies. The garden will provide the opportunity for all those involved to learn about the importance of, and take an active part in, local food production, healthy eating and community action.