We aim to develop a financially and environmentally sustainable project promoting local healthy food production and providing ideas for sustainable living. We will be growing food and veg plants to sell offering training and therapeutic horticulture sessions to groups and individuals on site and to have opportunities for local schools and other community groups to use the site, and show local people how to grow their own food. If you’re interested in volunteering for the project or coming to one of our weekly groups contact us.
Where we are now
Wibsey is usually bustling with activity, whether it’s the weekly gardening and cook & eat sessions, a community event, a group of corporate volunteers or our amazing team of dedicated volunteers. With thanks to all these helping hands and securing chunks of funding our site is constantly morphing as the master plan is put into action with edible forests, ponds, outdoor cooking areas and much more taking shape.
We host occasional Community Taster days so please look at our news pages and come along to the next one and see your community garden in the flesh!
We also now have a small volunteer-run shop selling produce grown on the site such, plants and compost. The shop is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11.00am to 2.30pm.
Wibsey Park Community Garden also hosts weekly gardening groups. They are absolutely free, and you don’t have to sign up. Just come along to as many or as few as you would like. Children are welcome to some groups, please get in touch to check with us beforehand. We can also reimburse travel expenses (just bring along your bus ticket). The groups are:
|Weekday||Time||Site||Specification||Cook and Eat?|
|Wednesday||10.30 – 12.30||Wibsey Park Community Garden||Women Only||YES|
|Tuesday||10.00 – 12.30||Wibsey Park Community Garden||Men Only||YES|
In March 2011 Bradford Metropolitan District Council moved out of the plant nursery in the corner of Wibsey Park as the nursery work was moved to Peel park. In May 2011 BCEP took over the site on licence from the council and in June we began some site improvements and a community consultation to help us to develop a site master-plan.
To view the current draft copy of the master-plan, please click here
Straw Bale Greenhouse
Our new timber frame greenhouse made of straw bales and Polycarbonate sheet (thanks to funding from Awards for All) is nearing completion.
The 8 m by 4.5 m building has benefitted from a hundred hours of volunteer time (thanks to Morrisons’ Finance Department) and free double glazed windows (thanks to the kind support of Tony at Whiterose Windows Limited).
The greenhouse will enable BCEP to start plants of earlier ready for planting out into the poly-tunnels in late winter, extending our growing season and the range of plants we can grow.