Slades Farm Community Garden grows fruits and vegetables and other useful plants within a tranquil 2 acre wildlife haven. The garden features many fruit trees and bushes , meadow areas, a vegetable patch, a prairie garden, much bramble and hedgerow, and a wildlife pond. It is located within a large urban recreation space in north Bournemouth, and is completely open to the public at all times. The garden is developed and maintained by volunteers, with support from the council’s Parks department. There are usually a couple of public volunteering sessions each month where anyone can turn up and help with a range of gardening and conservations tasks and projects. No previous experience is necessary. Gloves, tools, demonstrations and advice are all provided.
The garden was started as a project by Transition Bournemouth, and the garden aims to be a long-term community-led project to develop an organic and sustainable garden that supports wildlife as well as people, increasing the biodiversity of the site, operating inclusively and accessible to all. The intention was to create a low-carbon learning resource for local people to encourage more backyard food-growing, the consumption of more local and seasonal produce, healthy outdoor exercise, and community resilience.