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Cultivating Community: Let's Get Growing Together in Leeds





Have you heard about the incredible power of community gardening? It's like magic happening right here in Leeds, bringing people together and making our neighbourhoods thrive. We're talking about more than just growing plants; community gardening creates a sense of belonging, promotes well-being, and turns unused spaces into beautiful green havens. So, grab your gardening gloves, because in this blog post, we're diving into all the amazing benefits of community gardening and why we think Armley should join in on the fun!



In Leeds, community gardens are like little gems where neighbours become friends, and amazing things grow. Armley might be a place with high-rise flats and not much personal outdoor space, but that's where community gardening comes to the rescue! By getting involved in community gardens, you can create a sense of pride, connection, and a real sense of belonging within your own neighbourhood. And the best part? You don't even need your own garden to experience the joy of growing plants!



Community gardens are more than just patches of green; they're like meeting spots where people from all walks of life come together, sharing their love for gardening and delicious food. Imagine growing veggies side by side, cooking up scrumptious meals together, and enjoying communal feasts. It's a recipe for building lifelong friendships and celebrating the diverse tapestry of our community. So, Armley residents, let's come together, break down barriers, and nurture a multicultural, tight-knit neighbourhood through community gardening!





There are also amazing health benefits that come with community gardening. It's not just about the physical exercise (though that's definitely a plus!), but it's also about the positive impact on our mental well-being. Studies have shown that being surrounded by green spaces reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. And guess what? Just being close to nature can do wonders for our mental health too! By getting your hands dirty in a community garden, you'll discover a therapeutic sanctuary that nurtures both your plants and your soul.


We have some incredible success stories right here in Leeds that prove the power of community gardening. Take Catch's Peace Garden, for example. They've created a wonderful space with fruit orchards and raised beds, educating children about food sources and empowering young people to design and develop their own green havens. And let's not forget about Kirkstall Community Garden, a safe and friendly oasis where volunteers grow fresh produce, promote independent living, and champion sustainability. These stories should inspire all of us in Armley to roll up our sleeves and transform our community through gardening!


But community gardening isn't just about growing plants; it's also a fantastic opportunity for learning and skill development. A community garden creates the opportunity to join living classrooms, where people of all ages learn about sustainable practices, permaculture principles, and the art of growing food. By getting involved in community gardening, you'll not only expand your knowledge but also develop practical skills that will make a positive impact on our environment and future generations.


So, how can you get involved in community gardening right here in Armley? Well, we've got some amazing local organisations and community groups ready to support you every step of the way. Join in with Wades rangers on 1stWednesday and 4th Thursday of every month. Come along to New Wortley Community Centre on a Wednesday 10 – 2pm and help with the Urban task force doing gardening, planting and general maintenance of green space. Why not join in with Armley Common rights trust with their Sunday meet ups maintaining community spaces in Armley. If you’re interested in how growing your own food can have a positive impact on the climate then why not think about getting involved in Climate Action Armley


Don’t want to get involved in an existing group but would like to start your own community garden? Reach out to your local ABCD Community Builder, Victoria Kortekaas. Who can help you to navigate setting up a new group, connect you to local leaders, and help to find resources to get you started.


Keep an eye out for upcoming events and workshops that are all about community gardening in Armley. Our very own Local Community Connector, Chris, is organizing "build your own planter" workshops where you'll learn how to create planters from scratch. A great opportunity for a street or group to come together to create planters for food that can be placed on street corners under windows or in shared spaces.


To find out more about any of the above please contact Victoria.kortekaas@newwortleycc.org.uk

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