The space beside Parkside Methodist Church, on the Stoops Estate, was in a poor state. So we are in the process of redeveloping the land into a community garden.
Our plan is to transform the wasteland into a vibrant community garden. The 34 raised beds will be available for an annual rent (similar to the highly popular Chilli Club) to people in the locality, prioritised for those who have no garden or allotment. The raised beds offer an ideal place to for individuals and small families to manage a small plot, grow their own fruit and vegetables and get friendly help and advice from other members.
There will be regular advice sessions, open to anyone, to help people make the most out of their growing spaces. So if you’ve never grown your own fruit, flowers or vegetables before this is an ideal opportunity to learn.
In addition the there will be
- A herb spiral
- Communal fruit
- Seating area
- Tyre planters for flowers
- Compost bays
The idea of a community garden space compliments the original Garden Suburb plan for the Stoops estate.
Stoops, the beginnings
Stoops was the first Corporation Housing estate to be developed in South West Burnley during 1927- 38 and extended across Cog Lane into Hargher Clough between 1935- 38. The estates were built at low density with a variety of housing layouts and styles including semi detached, and bungalows. The properties are constructed from red brick and either part or fully rendered with concrete. In Stoops the grey rendered houses and unusual slit windows look out of character and conflict with the ʻprettyʼ Garden Suburb idealism.
We will keep you up to date with our progress and how you might be able to apply for a plot within the community garden.