One thing we have no problem growing is nettles so it’s only natural that we’d want to investigate how we can make better use of these so-called “weeds”…
Our Milton Keynes “Planting Up” permaculture project aims to create a community garden that will improve the outdoor space at Westbury Arts Centre for it to better serve the local community and the natural environment.
Our project was formed by volunteers at Westbury Arts Centre and Transition Town Milton Keynes to get our community working together to create a permanent culture that benefits everyone; working with nature to create a low-maintenance, self-sustaining and productive space.
The idea is for our community garden to be built by our volunteers, where we learn from each other and help one another along the way.
The long-term goal is to make a thriving community garden at Westbury Arts Centre that provides a safe, welcoming and educational place for people to enjoy being outside together, “muck in” with some organic “no-dig” gardening methods and that provides the residents of Milton Keynes with a place to reconnect with art and nature.
Ultimately, we’d like to see local families, schools and groups visit the gardens and join our project to learn more about permaculture, help us create wildlife habitats that encourage biodiversity in the garden, and for us all to benefit from sharing our time, skills and knowledge as well as the organic produce we grow.