2017–2019

  • Over the past four years, the Holgate Community Garden volunteers have transformed a derelict park at Upper St Paul’s into a thriving, vibrant space in an area where most residents don’t have gardens. A GGS grant allowed them to continue the work they do to keep the garden flourishing with flowers, fruit trees, and wildflower areas and to run family-friendly gardening events that engage locals and children in seed planting, scything and tending the garden.

  • Fishponds Wood is a designated nature reserve and urban haven for wildlife. The Friends of Fishponds Wood and Beech Grove are committed to increasing and maintaining the biodiversity of this precious woodland and the green areas in the nearby Beech Grove. They carry out monthly action days, involving tree work, litter picking, and flower planting, and have also arranged bat walks and minibeast safaris with local schools. GGS funded a toolshed so that they can expand their volunteering activities.

  • Thanks to The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), Clarence Gardens is now a more attractive place for wildlife and people. TCV also collaborated with local residents and York LGBT Forum to create York’s first Human Rights Garden, filled with rainbow chard, curly kale, and herbs.

  • Redfearn Community Group are dedicated to greening the alleys and streets around Willis Street, Gordon Street, Wolsley Street, Wellington Street. A GGS grant furthered their mission to add beauty and biodiversity to the neighbourhood with planting parties, meet-ups, plant swaps and ‘backyard crawls’!

  • The Friends of Rowntree Park’s team of volunteers help keep one of York’s best-loved green spaces looking beautiful. With funding from Growing Green Spaces in 2018 and 2019, the Friends added goose-free areas and collaborated with York Mind on a sensory garden that will bring health and wellbeing benefits to park visitors. In partnership with York Bike Belles and the artist Thomas Frere, they created the grass labyrinth that is now a permanent feature of the park,  launched during the 2019 Walk Cycle Festival. Read about their new grant here.

  • Therapeutic Art and Play Therapy Yorkshire (TAPTY) organised a summer gardening and creative project in Glen Gardens over summer 2018. Aimed at families and children, it involved a lot of sensory, messy, and creative play for children. Families were provided with gardening tools, art materials, and toys; activities included the planting of a herb garden, the braiding of a willow dome, and a hugely successful den-building competition!

 
 
 

HOLGATE COMMUNITY GARDEN

Over the past three years, the Holgate Community Garden volunteers have transformed a derelict park at Upper St Paul’s into a thriving, vibrant space in an area where most residents don’t have gardens. It is now flourishing with flowers, fruit trees, and wildflower areas to benefit wildlife and increase biodiversity. The group run family-friendly gardening events and collaborate with St Paul’s Primary School to engage locals and children in seed planting and tending this beautiful garden.

MILLENNIUM FIELDS

St Nicks are securing the future of Millennium Fields as a valuable habitat and resource for the local community to enjoy by keeping these important grasslands buzzing with biodiversity and wildlife. St Nicks will connect and train the cluster of volunteer groups working in the area to aid collaborative working among the Friends of Danesmead Wood, Millennium Fields Meadow Group, Fulford Cross Allotment Association, YUMI, Friends of New Walk, Danesmead Orchard Residents Group, and the St Nicks-Blueberry Academy partnership.  

 
 

 Pottery

lane, HEWORTH

Dodsworth Residents’ Association (DARA) are giving a neglected piece of land at the end of a junction between Pottery Lane and Dodsworth Avenue a green makeover. In connection with Edible York, they have planted fruit trees and bushes, and plan to enhance the space further by adding a raised bed and fans of foliage against the garage wall. Volunteers who live nearby water the plants, and the neighbourhood is already enjoying the benefits of this now attractive green space.

REDFEARN

Redfearn Community Group are dedicated to greening the alleys and streets around Willis Street, Gordon Street, Wolsley Street, Wellington Street. They are adding beauty and biodiversity to the neighbourhood with their planting parties, and also arrange regular meet-ups, plant swaps, and ‘backyard crawls’!

 
 

YUMI

As a recognised City of Sanctuary, York welcomes refugees and asylum seekers. The York Unifying Multicultural Initiative's (YUMI) International Community Garden is a beautiful, tranquil place where people from different cultures come together to grow, cook, share and celebrate food from around the world. Volunteers tend the community allotment to grow produce, including plants from their native country, integrating with the local community and fostering friendships while learning new skills.

 

ROWNTREE PARK

The Friends of Rowntree Park’s team of volunteers help keep one of York’s best-loved green spaces looking beautiful. As well as gardening and goose management, they organise family activities in the park and are developing a Forest School programme with Knavesmire Primary School. With funding from Growing Green Spaces in 2018 and 2019, the Friends have brightened up the herbaceous borders and shrubbery and, with help from York Mind, are planting a sensory garden that will bring health and wellbeing benefits to park visitors. In partnership with York Bike Belles and the artist Thomas Frere, they created the grass labyrinth that is now a permanent feature of the park, which was launched during the 2019 Walk Cycle Festival.

CLARENCE

GARDENS

Thanks to The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), the park is now a more attractive place for wildlife and people. TCV also collaborated with local residents and York LGBT Forum to create York’s first Human Rights Garden, which offers takeaway vegetable boxes filled with rainbow chard, curly kale, and herbs.

 

GLEN GARDENS

Therapeutic Art and Play Therapy Yorkshire (TAPTY) organised a summer gardening and creative project aimed at families and children that involved a lot of sensory, messy, and creative play for children. Each Saturday, families visited the gardens and were provided with gardening tools, art materials, and toys. Activities included the planting of a herb garden, the braiding of a willow dome, and a hugely successful den-building competition!

 
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