A NEW community garden project is underway at Sir Edward Heath’s former house in the Cathedral Close.

It will replace the former vegetable garden at Arundells and is part of the ‘Fit for the Future’ project and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Rebecca Twigg, 51 from the Secret Garden is involved.

She said: “I think it is lovely that a wildlife-friendly walled garden should make it possible for a wider range of Salisbury community members to experience the site.”

The ethos is to be planet friendly which also means finding preloved tools rather than purchasing new ones.

They plan to work with volunteers from Boots on the Ground which is an Alabare facilitated project for ex-veterans.

The Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast Club may also be joining in. Together, they will work to clear the overgrown space and implement the design.  

Salisbury Journal: First session with Boots on the GroundFirst session with Boots on the Ground

Rebecca said: “I hope to squeeze as much value into this space, including a wildlife pond, vegetable growing opportunities for a range of abilities and interests and of course, some pollinator friendly and sensory planting.  

“The walled garden site is perfect for all those ambitions, and it has a spire view as an added bonus; we can look out for the Peregrines while we work.”

Once the project is underway, Rebecca plans to engage with school groups and families in the area partnering with the Salisbury City Council ‘stronger families’ team. There will be workshops, learning and visiting opportunities around lifecycles, and habitats.  

Donations are required for useable tools including forks, loppers, secateurs, wheelbarrows, and kneelers. They are also looking for a good garden parasol and stand so the veteran team can have tea in the shade during the summer months.

For more information, email Rebecca Twigg

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