Caldmore Community Garden was established in 2011 to create a space to be used for recreation, food growing, workshops for all age groups, training and education in horticulture, as well as community events. The garden was developed on a piece of derelict land leased to the Caldmore Village Festival Group by a local housing provider – Walsall Housing Group (whg).
Since then the garden has gained several raised beds for vegetable and herb growing, a polytunnel, an orchard, and a stage area for community performances.
It is run entirely by local community volunteers supported by local organisations. The garden has evolved from a small group to a project involving the whole community. Among volunteers we have people of English, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian and Polish origin.
A derelict building adjacent and later incorporated into the garden – Caldmore Community House – will be a space open to the whole community.
Installing solar panels will enable us to generate free energy for the House and to raise funds to invest in the House, the Garden, and other community projects – in you!
Help us to fulfil this dream and vote for this project to give Caldmore some positive, green energy!
The next DIG IT DAY at Caldmore Community Garden, Carless Street is…
SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST
FROM 10:00am TO 4:00pm
Some tools will be provided – please bring your own if you can.
Donations of plants welcomed.
For more information contact:
Margot Lambert on 0300 111 7000
Alan Cheeseman on 07966281969
HELP US – spread the word… Dig It Flyer August 2012
Thanks to last year’s Top of the Shops winner, Omi Bhatia of Walsall DIY, for his kind donation of plants for the Caldmore Community Garden. We understand that Omi, a valued member of Caldmore Traders Association, has also helped the ‘guerrilla gardeners’ who have been brightening up the corner of Arundel Street with some colourful planting.
What a great community we have here in Caldmore!
Caldmore Community Garden will be open on festival Monday, 4th June between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The judges for Caldmore’s best shop front and gardens competition took to the streets on May 30th and were delighted to see that local traders and residents were increasing their efforts to show Caldmore at its best.
Chair of the Traders Association, Ali Mahmood commented on the impact which local shops were making “This is the 2nd year we’ve run the Top of the Shops competition and in the last 12 months new businesses have moved into the area and helped raised the standard. I’m delighted that they have invested in premises which were previously an eyesore and which as a result of their efforts are now setting the benchmark for others to aim for”.
Not forgetting traders who have been in Caldmore for many years Ali added “Last year’s winner of Top of the Shops, Walsall DIY is looking even better than ever and a special mention must be made of butcher Andrew Morrison who celebrates 50 years of trading in Caldmore and never failing to keep a well presented frontage throughout that time”.
Joining Ali in the task of judging were Denise Perry, Area Manager for Walsall South, and Margot Lambert of Caldmoreaccord. Denise was particularly struck by the impact which the winning Des Res front gardens in 2011 were having as there had clearly been work going on in neighbouring gardens. She said “This is what we hoped for. With more and more people over time taking an interest in how Caldmore looks and ‘doing their bit’ we will improve the image of Caldmore and show what great community spirit there is in the area”.
Margot added “It’s really exciting to see what is happening as a result of the festival and all the spin off ideas which it is generating. Improving the way Caldmore looks is vital to the local economy and the sense of wellbeing for all who live and work here.”
Amongst those warranting special mention were the ‘guerrilla gardeners’ who have planted flowers in the grassed area at the top of Arundel Street, several gardens in Newhall Street and Albadars grocery.
Winners will be announced at the Village Festival on Monday 4th June.
Over 30 volunteers came to support the latest Dig It day on Saturday the 26th of May in the Caldmore Community Garden. Greeted by sunshine and wall to wall blue skies the enthusiastic diggers celebrated their efforts by finishing the preparation on one of the raised beds and planting the very first young plants of the new garden. If you want to come and look over the garden and to find out more, the garden will be open to all too wander around on Monday June 4th during the festival. We hope to see you then!
All are welcome to take part in the next Caldmore Community Garden ‘Dig-It’ event, next taking place on 31st March 2012 between 10am and 4pm. The garden is now also open every Thursday between 10am-4pm for all, so why not come along and get your hands dirty!
Caldmore Community Garden, located next to Caldmore Community Primary School off Carless Street in Caldmore.
Almost 40 people braved the bitterly cold weather to take part in the first Dig It Day at the Caldmore Community Garden on Saturday 11th February. With an early start and a temperature of -5c there was uncertainty about whether anyone would turn up to help never mind what could possibly be achieved in one day and on hard ground!
But we needn’t have worried. Promptly at 10:00 the first ‘customer’, 8 year old Arun, arrived with his plant pot made from newspaper, to collect his sunflower and broad bean seeds to take away and nurture until ready to plant in the garden in the spring. The seeds were promised to all the school children who participated in a series of challenges in January the idea being to come up with garden designs. We won’t be able to create the theme park some asked for, but we should be able to create the ‘forest’ of sunflowers which the children from Caldmore school wanted.
By 11:00 a.m. the bright and unexpected sun had warmed us up, we could feel our fingers and toes again and work was well underway. Marie Wellings from the Federation of the City farms and Community Gardens joined us with James Friel from the Birmingham office of BEN ( the Black Environment Network) Marie has been a great support and source of information over recent months and we were delighted that she could join us for our first garden event, not least as she and James announced that the Caldmore Community Garden had been selected as just one of 10 countrywide for inclusion in the Local Food Global Food project (http://www.ben-network.co.uk/doing/eng.html ). The aim of this project is to “explore ways of linking BME communities with local food growing opportunities and organisations”. As one of the gardens selected we will recieve training and support with food growing projects which engage specifically, but not exclusively, with BME communities, and which focus on healthy heating, cultural celebration and the sharing of knowledge and skills.
Other highlights of the day included the lunch of samosas and spring rolls, a donation which Ali brought along from Hargun’s, and the bird box workshop which resulted in 10 boxes being made just in time for the start of the breeding season.
A little more than 6 hours after starting we packed up our shovels, scraped the earth from our boots and looked back as we closed the gates. What a lot we had been achieved with the tremendous support given – all the pathways were marked out and some parts completed with edgings of scaffolding boards and a surface of bark chippings; one of several raised beds was almost completed and 2 bug hotels and a bird box were in place.
It’s been almost 2 years in the planning but we at last we can say we have a garden. Heartfelt thanks to all volunteers and local supports as well as the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, Groundwork. We’re now able to look forward with confidence and enthusiasm to our next Dig It Day on March 3rd. For details contact Alan Cheeseman on 07966281969 or Margot Lambert: email@example.com