Community Garden @Berners Drive

Volunteers by the raised beds
Image credit: Kate Swindells

With permission from the local Council, Grow Community – Sopwell are cultivating an area of land at the end of Berners Drive.

Raised beds in community garden

Four raised beds with a crop rotation system. Interested in helping to decide what we grow? Look out for early planning meetings in the Winter / Spring.

Image credit: Kate Swindells

Two ladies holding a fruit bush

We’re trying the no-dig method for the currants, gooseberry and rhubarb.

Autumn fruiting raspberries have been planted in the front border, under planted with wild strawberries and nasturtiums.

Image credit: Kate Swindells

Bug hotel sign

We’re giving those creepy crawlies some love with their own bug hotel. The structure is made of old pallets in filled with all sorts of interesting items to give lots of nooks and crannies.

Image credit: Lee Wood

Yellow and black caterpillar

We have a wildflower area to encourage bugs and butterflies into the garden.

Image credit: Lee Wood


Enter the children’s area through the sunflower tunnel and stepping stones, to find den-making materials, log seats and noughts and crosses. You can find the bug hotel and pollinator’s nectar bar here too.

Image credit: Kate Swindells


    We are at the garden as usual on Thursday 25th May.

    Sowing sweetcorn, squash and more beans. Lots of harvesting salad items (bring a container! and lots of watering in this hot dry weather.

    All welcome to this friendly group.

    Dress appropriately for the weather, wear sensible shoes, and bring a water bottle.

    Please bring gloves and hand tools along if you have them. These can be provided otherwise.


  • Afternoon sessions at Martyr Close mini-meadow start today. All welcome!

    This will be a regular weekly session. Just turn up.

    This week we will be looking at how the meadow has grown so far, looking at paths of desire that have formed and planning how to move forward now we can see what is happening. We will be smartening up the edges and filling the bug hotel. So if you have any edging tools or things suitable for the bug hotels such as twigs, bamboo, anything natural really then bring it along, don’t worry if you don’t there’s plenty of pine cones and bits at the meadow we can use.

    Everyone welcome including children of all ages but please be aware garden tools will be being used at each session and may be left unattended so all children must have a supervising adult at all times.

    Email us for more details

  • Join our Tuesday Evening Working Parties

    Now that the evenings are warmer and lighter, we’ve set up some evening working party dates so more people can get involved in community growing.

    Put the dates in your diary! No need to book, just turn up. Come along to as many as you like.

    We now have four growing sites to volunteer at. Three of which have evening working parties.

    Please dress appropriately for the weather, wear sensible shoes and bring a drink.

    If you have them, please also bring hand tools and gloves. We can provide them otherwise.

    Look out for afternoon sessions at Martyr Close mini-meadow, coming soon.

    Email us for more details.

    Find our growing sites on our map.

  • Join our working parties in 2023

    Everyone is welcome to help out in the Community Garden!

    We welcome experienced gardeners through to absolute novices, as we are all learning together. Jobs include sowing, watering, weeding, digging, pruning and harvesting. Bring along tools if you have them but we can provide if not. Just turn up at the dates and times shown below.

    Dates and times for the Berners Drive community garden working parties.

  • Working Parties

    Join us for our next working parties

    Every Thursday, and look out for longer sessions on Saturdays and Sundays. Just come along and bring yourself. We have gloves, gardening equipment, and there is always someone there to provide guidance and support. We love to see new friends and old. Come and help us at our wonderful Community Garden!