Blackburn with Darwen Food Alliance

What a gorgeous day to call into the community garden in Corporation Park. Sunshine, blue skies and bird song! The community garden was one of the projects the Food Alliance gave a small grant to last year which has helped pay for wood to build new beds, a range of tools and that very important fencing to keep the rabbits off the vegetables.

Located on one of the disused bowling greens in the park as you walk through the gate you are greeted by the sight of volunteers working away, a variety of raised beds and flower beds and a developing community orchard.

Like any garden at this time of year you get the sense that things are starting to happen as the established plants begin to push through and bedding and vegetable plants get planted out. The willow wigwam is a joy to behold and is going to make a secret den when the leaves come out fully.

A garden never stands still.

Anyone involved in gardening will know that a garden never stands still and as Vicki showed me round, she talked about the new projects they hope to get underway this year. An old open sided pavilion, jokingly called ‘The Prison’ is in the process of being repaired to provide some shelter when courses take place or people just want to sit and enjoy the garden in a bit of shelter.

A whole set of painted slates decorated by children are waiting to be hung on the walls to brighten it up and as we stood looking across the garden Vicki described plans to build a rose bed in the centre of the grass area.

Find out more and get involved.

If you would like to find out more about the group or visit the garden check out their Facebook Page (Corporation Park Community Garden) or go along to their open garden on Saturday 24th June from 12.00 – 4pm where there will be a plant sale, plant pots to decorate and refreshments.

All community gardens rely on volunteers for their upkeep and this garden is no exception. The garden is looked after by a small but dedicated group of people who give up a couple of hours of their time every Wednesday from 2-4pm.

If you don’t have your own garden Community Gardens are a great way to get involved in gardening and meet new people. The group is keen to hear from anyone who is willing to volunteer on a regular basis.

If you feel able to make a regular commitment, please contact Vicki Harris on