As part of the community engagement process that was to guide the design of the Community garden on Silloth Green, I organised a workshop in the Community Technology College on Sunday 14th July, 2013. The workshop was designed to give the community in Silloth an opportunity to say what they would like in the new community garden, due to be built by volunteers on the corner of Criffel Street and Lawn Terrace.
The overall aim of the project is to encourage the local community to produce their own ideas for the design, planting and interpretation of heritage; and also to consider, along with the Steering Group, the long term sustainability and care of the Community Garden. Key objectives are: “to develop a garden for the community to own, relax in and enjoy; for nature studies, education and conservation; and to reflect on aspects of the Green’s rich heritage.”
A number of very creative and interesting ideas emerged from the children during the morning workshop session. Adults then built on these suggestions and added a few more ideas during the afternoon session. Final suggestions were summarised and scribed by Jennifer Rowlands, who had been brought in as the main facilitator for the day.
The garden designers from Moota Garden Centre have now taken all the suggestions away and will incorporate them into a first draft design. The Community Garden Steering Group will then look the plans over (around the end of August), and either OK them or make additional suggestions. Moota will then produce the final design.
The next stage will be to find artists and creatives who can carry forward the interpretation aspects of the garden. It will also be necessary to arrange tenders for landscaping and plants.
I will be updating the Council and submitting periodic reports to HLF, who will then, hopefully, release funds to continue with the landscape development followed by planting in the Spring of 2014. Friends of the Green and myself will also be keeping the community updated about progress via the Silloth Green website and the Silloth Green Facebook page.
Many thanks to all who came along and all those who lent their support to the children. We had a great day and await with the design plans from Moota with a great deal of excitement.
Anna Malina, Community Engagement Officer, Silloth Green. email. firstname.lastname@example.org OfficeTel: 016973 31816. Mobile 07900922818