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What's the point of a community garden?

Community gardens are shared spaces where people work together to grow plants. There are no rules about size, location or what you grow. As long as people are working together it's a community garden.

Community gardens can provide a way for residents to improve public spaces by making them more attractive. This is a great opportunity for people to take ownership of their area and be proactive in the community.

For people who don't have their own gardens or allotments community gardens can fill that green void. They can also make gardening more accessible for people who don't have the time, money or health to do much gardening.

Shared hardship strengthens relationships. Don't underestimate the value of double digging or saving a shed to build friendships. Once you've done all the hardwork, you also get to share the spoils! As well as working together to build commmunities, a garden is a wonderful space to bring different people together. People from different parts of the country, or world, will have a lot to share about plants, foods and recipes.

As well as sharing recipes, your community can share knowledge and expertise. This is great for voracious gardeners, and also for people without much experience. Encourage families: children learn well when they are engaged and see how flowers and food grows.






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