Let’s green MK with community gardens

Let’s green MK with community gardens

Help us to map, make and motivate action as the POWER project works with Milton Keynes organisations, schools and local groups to introduce sustainable community gardens across our city. Remember to register for the upcoming events on Thursday 19 September and share your comments about them here.

Community gardens are collaborative projects for local people to work together on a shared open space to grow healthy and affordable vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers.

 

Often community gardens provide opportunities for recreational gardening and food production in underutilized spaces, and transform the land into beautiful, social and eco-friendly community spaces.

 

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The many benefits of community gardens

Benefitting the volunteers who work on them as much as the people they feed, community gardens grow a lot more than just food. They cultivate communities through the environmental, physical and mental health benefits they bring too.

 

There is evidence from other community gardens (including the POWER project in Jerusalem) to show that they can help to mitigate problems that plague urban areas.

 

  • Increasing the availability of nutritious, low cost food

  • strengthening community ties

  • improving air and soil quality and water infiltration

  • improving the ecology of the area

  • reducing food miles required to transport nutritious food

  • reducing neighbourhood waste through composting

  • improving dietary habits and health and fitness

  • creating a stronger and more sustainable local community

The benefits of a community garden in enriching the physical and social environment, physical and mental health of the community (Source: Egli, 2016)

 

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Where are MK’s community gardens?

The Planting Up website has a map of existing MK community gardens that you can access and get involved with.

 

Map of MK's community gardens

Visit PlantingUp.co.uk/mk-map to find out more about each location. You’ll see that there is a wide variety of community gardens doing different things – from offering horticulture training opportunities and welcoming refugees to focusing on orchard fruits and taking a permaculture “food forest” approach.

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Get involved

 

Get in touch - Help us map, make and motivate community gardens in MK.

Use the comments area at the bottom of the page to get involved.

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Upcoming Events to Start the Conversation

We intend to help community gardens prosper, starting by helping them capture and store their water efficiently.

 

New challenges will be created here on the POWER water community platform as we develop individual community garden projects for you to contribute to.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

We have two events taking place on Thursday 19 September 2019 at the Trinity Centre in Fishermead that are focused on getting the conversation started with Milton Keynes residents and organisations.

 

The first meeting (from 4.30pm - 6pm) will be aimed at MK facilitators to explore how we can create more beneficial "green spaces" across Milton Keynes by working together.

 

 

The second meeting (from 6.30pm - 7.30pm) is for Fishermead residents to discuss the potential for us creating of an Incredible Edible community garden right next door.

 

 

Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings. Please share your ideas for them in the comments area below and register on EventBrite to let us know you're coming.

 

 

 

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  • Kirsty Forshaw

    silver

    14/09/2019

    The attached PDF can be printed to help us promote the event on 19 Sept for Fishermead residents to explore the prospect of creating a community garden the "Incredible Edible" way, which will be the f...

  • Kirsty Forshaw

    silver

    14/09/2019

    The attached PDF can be printed to help promote the facilitator event taking place on Thu 19 Sep where we'll be talking about how we can work together to Make MK Community Spaces Better for Residents ...

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    MK Facilitators: Making Community Spaces Better for Residents & Wildlife

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    Making Fishermead Incredible

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