The Growing Network

Bringing people together to learn about & enjoy growing food

Find out about community gardens & communal growing spaces in Blackburn with Darwen

Your Growing Spaces

Community gardens take many forms in terms of size and location. In Blackburn with Darwen they range from larger communal growing spaces in our parks to smaller projects within schools or organisations. From the planters in the centre of town to disused plots of land in local neighbourhoods.

One thing they all have in common is local people who are passionate about growing food sharing their knowledge and skills with those wanting to learn.

The Growing Network is a place where the people who run these gardens can come together to develop joint projects and share their skills and expertise.

If you’re interested to find out more or you’d like to volunteer in one of the gardens, please contact the community gardens listed below directly.

Community Gardens & Growing Spaces

The Greenhouse Project

The Greenhouse Project

The Greenhouse Project is based within Witton Country Park next to the Myerscough College site.

The project, run by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, offers people the opportunity to come and join a weekly session where they will be given the opportunity to contribute to the renovation of the long-abandoned greenhouses, learn a wide variety of skills relating to food growing as well as bushcraft and practical conservation.

Find Out More:

If you’re interested in joining, you can do so by visiting the Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s website:

For queries or further information for more experienced growers wishing to support the project as a volunteer working alongside the project officers, please contact Andy Mather 07720 208424 /

Corporation Park Community Garden

Corporation Park Community Garden

A garden which is being developed on the site of a disused bowling green, they welcome charity groups to look after their own plots and volunteers to look after the garden as a whole.  The volunteer group meet every Wednesday between 2- 4 (Winter hours 13:30 -3:00).

They have 4 high raised beds which are wheelchair accessible, a small orchard, a soft fruit area and other veg beds. There are also flower beds and they’ve planted a circle of willow shoots this year which will over time form a den for children.

The garden is set within the historic Corporation Park and can be accessed by a gate near the Italian gardens (gate locked when no volunteers are working).

Find out more:

For more information, email, call 07972 616391 or visit the Corporation Park Supporters Group Facebook page @CPSG:

Whitehall Park Community Garden Group Darwen

Whitehall Park Community Garden Group Darwen

This Community Garden Group is diverse, friendly and supportive.

They grow and share their own produce and meet twice weekly on Monday 10 am -12 noon (+ a shared lunch) and on Saturday 1-3 pm. They also run the Little Potting Club on Saturdays from 1-2pm offering activities for children.

They welcome all gardening enthusiasts – no experience necessary. Find them in the Rose Garden on Whitehall Road. They would love to meet you.

Find Out More:

Call Marjan on 07837 364728 or visit Whitehall Park Community Garden Group on Facebook or Instagram:


Bank Top Community Garden

Bank Top Community Garden

Their small allotment style space is attached to Bank Top Neighbourhood Learning Centre on Oakenhurst Road.

Throughout the year they offer a range of workshops and short courses for people with a focus on improving wellbeing whilst learning about growing and nature.

Their free courses are advertised on their website or you can call them on 01254 581175 to find out more.

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