Milton Keynes Mayor, Cllr Sam Crooks, attended the Westbury Arts Centre Open Art exhibition and was really impressed with what he saw – not least when he had a tour of the gardens to witness how the Planting Up community is championing local people, art and nature.
“Planting Up” permaculture project aims to create community gardens in Milton Keynes that serve the local community and the natural environment.
Our project was originally formed by volunteers at Transition Town Milton Keynes and was supported by funding from MK Community Foundation for our first community garden and project base at Westbury Arts Centre (WAC) in Shenley Wood.
Our volunteer group created a Forest Garden and social growing area that works with nature to be a low-maintenance, self-sustaining and productive space for local people to enjoy at WAC. Building a community garden this way, where volunteers learn from each other and help one another along the way, is at the heart of us creating a permanent culture that benefits everyone.
Taking what we’ve learned, we now aim to support the development of a community garden in every estate of Milton Keynes.