Growing Forward clients are welcome to become volunteers at Windmill Community Gardens and Summerwood Community Garden. In fact, after our pilot project, 75% of clients did choose to volunteer with us and have become integral and valued members of the team.

At Windmill Community Gardens lots of development work has taken place, especially in the raised beds and growing areas. Our volunteers have brought their skills and interests and helped transform areas of the garden in lots of beautiful ways.

Archway made from re-claimed timber and bike wheels
Raised bed containing sunflowers and courgette plants
Willow weaved edging for the herb bed

The new archway made from reclaimed materials and the hexagonal veg and flower beds were two of the bigger projects that have really made a difference to the entrance of the garden. It feels even more welcoming now.

We have refreshed herb beds filled with plants to make lovely herbal teas, especially those that are used to for their calming and wellbeing properties. The willow-weaved borders are a wonderful addition too, which saw some of us learning to weave willow for the first time. And how about the teapot and teacup art centrepiece?!

Wooden bench in the seating area
Decorative arrow painted on a roof tile
Wooden raspberry supports

The seats have been replaced in our social area and the raspberry supports repaired and strengthened. One of our talented volunteers also painted decorative arrow signs to guide visitors around the Art in the Garden event last month.

All of the volunteers and staff at Windmill and Summerwood Community gardens do a fantastic job. There are so many people with great skills and knowledge from cooking, building and creating to horticultural and supportive skills and so much more. How fortunate we are to work in these wonderful places!