Local growing projects and commercial growers – let us know via the contact form if you have one to add
Prospect Centre Rooftop Allotment
New in 2015, Hull’s first rooftop allotment has been established at the top of the Prospect Shopping Centre on Brook Street. The community-led project will be run in partnership with Environment and Management Solutions which is based at Preston Road. Vounteers are sought to maintain the allotment. Contact the centre on 01482 324619 or via Facebook and twitter @Prospectcentre http://www.emsyorkshire.co.uk/new-allotment-on-rooftop-of-hulls-prospect-shopping-centre/
Edible Garden Project in Hull
In an initiative to demonstrate to members of the public how attractive growing produce can be, an edible garden was created in front of the Wilson Centre in the centre of Hull. The first planting was in May 2014 and used young plants grown by local allotment holders and community groups Swiss chard, chicory, beetroot, lettuce, runner beans, peas, climbing French beans and kohl rabi were grown for the public to harvest. For details on how to get involved email email@example.com or call 01482 300 300.
Pickering Road Community Orchard
The orchard was opened in 2004 with grants from the National Lottery, Hull City Council and the NHS Trust. Harvest is usually mid August to October with open days throughout. For a donation of £2, depending on the harvest, you can help yourself to 2kg – 4kg of the apples of your choice. You can have them whole, juiced or pressed. Regular celebrations at the Orchard include Wassailing in January and May Day. http://willypnzb.we.bs/orchard/
Thoresby Community Edible Forest Garden
Set up in 2013 by Germinate@the edge, and funded by the People’s Postcode Trust, the site has been transformed into a pleasant and productive space, offering free gardening and creative outdoor activities for adult and child volunteers. Facebook: GerminateATtheedge.
Bricknell Children’s Centre Garden
The garden was actively developed during 2013-2014.The Centre is adjacent to Bricknell Primary School on Bricknell Avenue. If you are interested in becoming involved in any future development of this site contact 07583 194313
Villa Community Garden and the Thornton Urban Gardeners
The Villa Garden was created on an overflow parking area at the back of the Octagon, Walker St, Hull HU3 2RA. It consists of individual allotments of various sizes plus community growing areas. Patrick Birchfield runs this and other projects in the locality for the Goodwin Trust. In June 2015 Veolia Environmental Trust awarded funds for a new Villa Place Community Garden, designed by artist in residence Silvio Palladino, to include open air theatre, tree house and pizza oven. This will be in the centre of the Thornton Estate linking the community allotments wth new housing in Firethorn Close. http://thorntongardeners.org.uk/
The Rainbow Community Garden
Wonderful garden established 1997 in a triangle of land surrounded by houses,and accessed via Levisham Close, off Endike Lane, Hull HU6 8AB. It has won many awards. There are volunteer sessions and childrens activities in the holidays. Jeannie Webster is the contact from whom more information can be obtained. Tel 852081
Bakersfield Allotment Project
Situated on Newland Allotments, the plot is on the right as you come through the main gates on Tavistock Street. The site was set up to provide activity for those referred by the NHS. The project is built on the links between Occupational Therapy, Education, Horticulture and Biodiversity and the importance of working together to create the right environment for us to thrive.
Pearson Park Wildlife Garden
Run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the site has herb beds, vegetables and fruit, bees and paths through uncultivated wild areas. Provides children’s educational activities, volunteer sessions and a venue for events. http://www.ywt.org.uk/pearson-park-wildlife-garden
Constable Street Field
Situated between Constable St and Wellstead St off Hessle Rd, the field has recently been adopted by local residents’ association Friends of Constable St Field. Apple and pear trees were planted in spring 2014, joining a wildflower area, and a redesign of the vegetable beds is underway. Play equipment may be provided if funding can be obtained. Contact Lausanne Tranter 07816 141169.
Western Library Garden
In connection with a refurbishment of Western Library in Boulevard, a community garden has been developed. Friends of Western Library (Fowl) is working with Hull City Council’s library services, Groundwork and Streetwize to help look after the garden, as well as organise events and gardening groups for all ages. The library is one of only a handful in the country that has its own garden.
Greenfingers, Bodmin Road, Bransholme. Recently developed small plot with an impressive 2013 harvest of runner beans, squash and rhubarb. Supported by SEARCH under the Living Better for Less project, there are plans to plant fruit trees and increase participation in the vegetable growing.
St Michaels Youth Project Allotment, Orchard Park Road, HU6 9BX. Allotment with herb garden, fruit trees, rhubarb, spinach, potatoes and strawberries, created and maintained by teenagers with support from SEARCH under the Living Better for Less project. Increasing the number of fruit trees to create a small orchard on half the plot will make it more manageable.
St Johns Church and Community Centre Garden, Rosemead St, HU9 2TA. Another project supported by SEARCH under Living Better for Less. Work was started on the site by volunteers in June 2013.
St Mathews/Hull Youth for Christ Allotment , Boulevard, HU3. A derelict site cleared by enthusiastic volunteers in spring 2013 and now well on the way to becoming a thriving garden with help from SEARCH Living Better for Less. Now named the ‘Hope Grows’ group, work has included a large mural, sandpit and insect housing on the site. http://www.hullyfc.co.uk/news%20sp%20hope.html
St Hilda’s Church, Greatfield, Hull. St Hilda’s was one of the first growing spaces supported by SEARCH Living Better for Less and run along with the gardening club at the church. The site now has a number of fruit trees, potatoes and a bed for other vegetables.
St Aidans Church, Sothcoates Avenue, Hull. Volunteers at St Aidan’s have been keen to develop the space behind their hall that is begging to become a Garden of Eden. Work started on clearing the site in 2013 and the project is supported by the SEARCH Living Better for Less initiative.
St Stephens Neighbourhood Centre, Greatfield, Hull. SEARCH is working with Sister Anna and Josie to do some growing within the church grounds, starting with potatoes and being further developed with help from the Living Better for Less project.,
Longhill Linkup at St Margaret’s Church, Shannon Road, Longhill, Hull HU8 9PD. Growing group run by Estelle which in 2013 had some huge tyres brought on site to grow in and some topsoil delivered. Supported by SEARCH Living Better for Less. Volunteers welcome.
Unity in Community, a North Hull Charity based at 501 Endike Lane, HU6 8AQ, runs various projects, one of which is ‘Food for Thought’. As part of this project the charity manages the HU6 allotments. Experiments with vertical growing are being carried out. http://www.unityincommunity.org.uk/projects.
The Newland Garden has 42 trees, flowering bushes, seating and a stage, and is based behind the old Newland Primary School on the corner of Reynoldson Street. Not a veg growing site but plenty to support the pollinators! Volunteers are always welcome to lend a hand for an hour a week to help maintain the garden. Contact Hilary 445747 or Helen 445403.
Danepark Road on Orchard Park had an area planted up with 400 wild fruit saplings in Nov 2014. Councillor Julia Connor and Jeannie Webster of the Rainbow Garden helped organise the planting of the trees, which were donated by the Woodland Trust.
Wilberforce College Edible Campus is a new initiative in 2015 for college students to explore growing their own with the Seeds of Change project. Initially a garden planted with strawberries, chilli seeds, pumpkins and herbs, the aim is eventually to establish an ‘edible campus. Kick start funding came from William Jacksons Food Group. http://www.wjfg.co.uk/edible-campus-plan-at-wilberforce-college-to-inspire-youngsters-to-eat-well/
Bespoke Community Garden in Bransholme, relaunched July 2015, is run by volunteers, and produces organic edible produce for local people to access.Located by the Bespoke Community Centre in Zeal’s Garth, off Wawne Road, Bransholme, HU7 4WD, the relaunch was opened by a puppet group and it is hoped the site will host childrens arts events in the future. https://www.facebook.com/Bespokecommunity
Dales Fitness Centre Field, North Bransholme, The field behind the Dales Fitness Centre and the Ashwell Academy in Snowdon Way, Hull HU7 5DS, is being developed as a community resource, with fruit trees and vegetables being planted and allotment plots being allocated. Initial funding was via a community fund run by local councillors. Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the Dales Fitness Centre 01482 307791.
Giroscope Community Garden at Coltman Street. A spacious community garden is being developed by Giroscope at the back of one of its houses, 188 Coltman Street off Hessle Road. For more info contact Giroscope on 01482 576374.
Recycling Unlimited Green Project at Woodmansey, on the A1174 Hull to Beverley road. Horticulture site set up for volunteers to learn new skills and get exercise in the fresh air. Transport from Hull provided. Fruit and vegetables, composting, chickens, social area. http://www.recyclingunlimited.org.uk/index.php/recycling-green-project
Hermes Close Community Wildlife Garden, Bilton Grange. Converted from waste land in 2005 and funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the government’s Living Spaces scheme, the majority of the garden was created using recycled materials and plants. There are roughly 500 species of plants that attract an abundance of different wildlife, including the bees so important for pollination on the food-growing sites listed here.
Coltman Street Lavender Project Community improvement project supported by the Hull 2020 programme. Planting started September 2014 of hedgerows of lavender in front gardens along Coltman Street off Hessle Road. Led by Simon Kelsey of the Coltman Street Residents’ Association https://www.facebook.com/coltmanstreet
The Parks Children’s Centre, Courtway Road, Orchard Park. Children growing and harvesting fruit and vegetables in 2014 under the Early Years Growing Project, with help from the team at the Rainbow Garden.
A new project funded by Hull City Council and developed by a consortium of Recycling Unlimited, Mind and Humber All nations Alliance (HANA). the farm is located to the rear of Kingston Youth Centre on Beverley Road in Hull City Centre. The launch was held in June 2015 at which stage raised beds, polytunnels and growing areas had been established and the Farm was working with the adjacent youth club. http://www.recyclingunlimited.org.uk/index.php/city-farm-project
Rooted in Hull City Farm Project
An initiative to establish a mobile City Farm in a central Hull location. Based on a design using shipping containers, has been created to work on land earmarked for building in the future – allowing it to be packed up and moved on when land is finally developed. A lease has been signed on a vacant plot next to Hull’s Royal Mail sorting office and designs for the farm have been drawn up. http://www.rootedinhull.org.uk/
East Hull Community Farm
A registered charity which offers a unique learning experience to adults with learning difficulties, pupils from special schools and people with mental health problems. For almost twenty years it has given many people the opportunity to learn new skills in a friendly, calm and therapeutic environment. A real working farm which is open to the public, with a farm shop on site http://www.easthullcommunityfarm.co.uk/index.php
Green Prosperity at East Hull Community Farm : The Food strand of the Green Prosperity project is delivered in collaboration with East Hull Community Farm. The aims of the strand are to promote home growing and give practical support to residents, develop a food cooperative and food sharing schemes, provide practical training and new skills for local people. The Community Farm is a unique resource within the targeted area, to create a focal point for these activities. http://www.probeltd.co.uk/community/community/greenprosperity.html
Densholme Care Farm
Farm at Great Hatfiled near Hornsea which provides activities for people with learning difficulties and mental health problems. Organic vegetables and herbs, chickens, a few larger animals, fruit and nut trees recently planted. The farm is also a producer of organic wheat at a nearby site. http://www.densholmefarm-action.co.uk/
LOCAL COMMERCIAL GROWERS
Slater Organics at Rise
Local family-run company growing organic produce in the lovely walled garden at Rise in Holderness. They supply produce for Arthur Street Trading, Produce can also be purchased direct from the garden. http://slaterorganics.wordpress.com/
Green Growers at Nafferton
Organic grower and retailer, Organic veg, fruit, wholefood and herbs. Run by Dr Gwen Egginton at Nafferton near Driffield. http://www.nafferton.net/village-directory/707/green-growers/ See also http://www.arthursorganics.com/green_growers_driffield_bridlington_organic_vegetables.html
R J Thompson at Raywell
York Grounds Farm at Raywell, Cottingham has been organic since 1949 and is a mixed enterprise producing Winter wheat, potatoes, spring barley and some livestock.. Most produce is marketed via supermarkets, but organic potatoes can be bought in 25 Kg bags at the farm gate Sept to March. . t: 01482 651338
Jenny Webb at Foston is an organic producer of vegetables, These can be bought at the farm, delivered or purchased at farmers markets. Certified organic by The Soil Association. http://www.localfoodadvisor.com/Local-Produce/Foston-Nurseries.html