An update from Mark on Philips Park

Hello, and I hope that you and your families are all well.

It is hard to believe that it is now over a year since the lockdown first started.
As some of you might be regular volunteers, apologies in advance if you know this information.

Volunteers started attending again in February 2021, under a ‘2 shift system” where some folks came early, and then left and then others came later so that we could ensure social distancing.

The amount of work that has been completed has been absolutely amazing. Many thanks to all those involved. Paul Robinson, the Local Authority’s green space officer visited last week and was very impressed with the work that has been done.

The new social garden

Behind the poly tunnel the new garden/social area is now really beginning to take shape. We received a grant from the National Lottery Isolation Fund to buy timber and plants, mainly edible perennials. Under the direction of Nicola, Nick and Mike we have been busy constructing, as you can see from the photo.

Community garden at Philips Park

Beds have been cleared, hedges trimmed, potatoes and onions have been planted outside and the poly tunnel is full of seedlings.


David, Frank’s grandson (Frank lives in one of the houses adjacent to the gardens) has added 2 hives and Tommy has brought one from Bristol. Unfortunately, it looks like the bees in Tommy’s hive are not too healthy and may need replacing.

Plans for the future

So, what happens next. There is still plenty of work to do around the top site as we enter the main growing season. There is also the herb garden behind the night club which will also need considerable attention.

If you would like to get involved, and aren’t already doing so, please can I ask that you contact me either by email so that I can keep track of numbers.

Best wishes,


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