Friends of Boscombe Chine Gardens
Registered Charity Number 1112345
Community GardenThe community garden was originally championed by the Friends of Boscombe Chine Gardens (FoBCG’s) first chairman (Chris Wakefield). As work started to refurbish Boscombe Chine Gardens in 2005, his thoughts for a community garden evolved. Through talks with members of the FoBCG’s and people using the Gardens a common objective was identified.
A committee member (Jane Kelly) who was a keen gardener took up the challenge to design the garden layout and planting format. With help and assistance from some of the Council’s gardeners at the King's Park Nursery the community garden began to become a reality.
The common objective was for local people, many of whom live in nearby flats, to have a specific area within the gardens available for light gardening activities should they be missing their garden and perhaps 'feel the need to weed!'
Following discussion with Bournemouth Council the present area was set aside for the community garden.
It had been a neglected corner of the garden with overhanging trees and was fronted by four pathways and contained a few overgrown shrubs.
The community garden was designed to be enjoyed by all the community and includes an all weather track across the centre which is suitable for wheelchair access.
Very gradually the plants bedded in and started to grow, tended by the FoBCG’s and supplemented by the addition of more plants and lots of bulbs, often donated by members. As the years have passed various problems have arisen and been solved. These have included cultivating a low hedge around the front of the garden to deter the trampling of plants by wandering animals. Also, the repetitive and back aching removal of sycamore seedlings from the overhanging trees to the rear of the community garden.
The community garden continues to flourish with support and care from members of the FoBCG’s and we are very grateful for any time that volunteers generously donate towards the general upkeep of this corner of the park.
Over the years the community garden has continued to develop and given hours of pleasure to those who attend to its needs and those who just walk by.
In 2013 the FoBCG’s entered the community garden in Britain in Bloom’s popular It's Your Neighbourhood competition and gained a level 5 award, which is the highest level.
This year we have added two discreetly placed compost bins, which will allow on-site recycling and eventual soil improvement (previously we gave our waste to the Council’s gardening team for recycling).
In addition to the community garden, FoBCG’s volunteers are involved in a number of different areas within Boscombe Chine Gardens including; bird box maintenance, bat box surveys (under the watchful eye of the Dorset bat Group), garden related talks and various events throughout the year.
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