Garden Design 3

Community Healing Garden

From the flood comes a fountain of hope...

Whether you bring your pain, your rage or your search for peace you are welcome here....

The focal point of the garden is a sandstone raingarden with central well and fountain to improve drainage, combined with a sensory garden and seating. The abstract copper pipe fountain mimicking the flight of a bee complements the neighbouring earthing seat with it's copper obelisk which consists of dense evergreen planting to boost the production of negative ions.  Copper, stone and earth are elements which help to reduce the build up of harmful electricity in our bodies and allow us to ground ourselves with the earth, when combined with moving water and evergreen plants these elements increase the production of beneficial negative ions, which benefit humans and insects alike.

 

Two barked areas allow for a reflective play space for young children and five community growing beds in which volunteers can choose to raise vegetables, berries, salad or herbs.

Sandstone planting areas further compliment the seating areas and along the metal fence provide the base for vertical garden structures giving height and interest and a privacy screen to the nursery site next door.

We hope this serene setting and connection to nature will instill a feeling of hope in the community that uses this space, a welcoming hope that invites them to fill the remainder of the space with their own symbols of hope, love, wellness and recovery.

 

Rationale

Our local communities have gone through an extended period of uncertainty, anxiety and change, many will have experienced loss, whether of a loved one, a career, employment or through the cancelation of events which celebrate our lives and our progress through it. A healing space open for all to enjoy and indeed contribute to, provides a focus of recovery -particularly for those who have spent many months alone or without access to a reflective space of their own.

Community Safety

Boredom and disenchantment affect many young people in our communities which can occassionally lead to instances of anti social behaviour, by creating a peaceful space filled with positive energy we hope that a community healing garden will help all community members including young adults to feel more in touch with their own emotions and the community as a whole.

Sustainability

By using reclaimed copper and sandstone as it's main building materials, and by mitigating against the effects of flooding - the healing garden contributes towards our fight against climate change.  A compost area in the shady rear corner allows the garden to be sustainable in it's ongoing soil improvement requirements.

Biodiversity

Bird houses in the larger tress and on the fence will attract wildlife to the garden and the moss and insect garden will attract the invertibrates needed to sustain wildlife.  Built into the sandstone planters are carved bee bricks to encourage these threatened pollinators.

Space for everyone to learn and grow together

Community Growing

Our connections to nature go deeper than our enjoyment of the natural environment. The food we eat is a product of the delicate ecosystems that support our planet, and there is no better way to learn about these systems than through growing..  These community beds are a place to learn and swap knowledge, to enjoy company or solitude, but most importantly to enjoy sharing, by using reclaimed wood, we can build these at low cost to the project and the planet

Natural Play

We aren't experts in play - so propose that the nature play of the garden is co- designed in partnership with the local primary school children. Having the opportunity to design a playspace which they can then use is a fantastic way for children to learn and for us to learn from them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget

  • 2.5 tonnes sandstone = £400 inc delivery
  • 50 metres reclaimed copper pipe £200
  • rebar - free
  • tank, valves, pump, solar panels, drainage pipe £200
  • Mortar - £200
  • Plants/compost - £480
  • Bark - £400
  • Reclaimed Wood - £120