Community Garden Project

The Community Garden Project is open 10.30am to 3.30pm Wednesdays and Fridays. It is a Supportive environment open to all (donations kindly received), led by practical, skilled gardeners Julie and Lou.

We are experienced with working with vulnerable adults, and the community garden welcomes anyone who feels they would benefit and can help out.

What’s involved?

Helping to look after our organic garden and share in lunch together, while enjoying time-out in the peaceful, natural surroundings of West Town Farm.

Practical activities you might like to help with include:

· Growing vegetables for our soup, in outdoor beds and a polytunnel.

· Helping to prepare soup for our shared lunch.

· Hand-weeding and hoeing our growing areas.

· Watering our veg and plants.

· Maintaining and harvesting raspberries and other soft fruits for our cakes.

· Growing and preparing plants for our honesty stand.

· Helping to produce compost and leaf mould to help our garden grow.

· Maintaining our fences, gates and paths and helping to build structures for our veg and other plants.

· Mowing our grass areas with a push mower.

· Helping to develop more wildlife-friendly features around our site including bug hotels and pollinator-friendly planting.

Can I just turn up?

Please contact us to arrange a day and time for an informal visit, to be shown around the garden and decide if you would like to volunteer.

Contact Philiy for more info by email or phone 01392 811080.

How do I get there?

We offer a free mini-bus service (donations kindly received) between Exeter and our garden at West Town Farm in Ide.

Pick up points are:

10am CoLab Exeter, Wat Tyler House, 3 King William Street, Exeter EX4 6PD

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10.15am Clarkes Electrical, 44 Cowick Street, Exeter EX4 1AP

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Return drop-off after 4pm.

Depending on traffic, there are sometimes delays and if these are significant, we will aim to contact you or please ring our office for updates: 01392 811080.

We also encourage people to walk, cycle or use public transport to access our site.

What our volunteers say

It helped me learn about horticulture, to communicate with other persons. It has helped with my personal development if you like.

It’s given me self-confidence, it’s built my fitness up, [I’m] communicating with people outside my comfort zone.