COMMUNITY FOREST GARDEN
Rockaway’s Community Forest Garden is an ongoing project which is a manifestation of our vision to create a magical forest garden built on permaculture principles, that's accessible to all. Not only does it provide a beautiful space for visitors to enjoy, it also acts as an educational resource and wealth of biodiversity that will ultimately benefit the community and environment as a whole.
Seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, grown to organic principals, are all ingredients in the Rockaway Cafe's ever-changing menu. Thanks to our amazing Head Gardener, Josh, and his fantastic team of garden volunteers, we're able to provide fresh vegan, organic and
delicious zero miles produce all year round!
For the story of how it all began, plus an update on progression, see the two short documentaries below on our YouTube channel.
Current aspects of the project we’re developing include: extending the water harvesting system - which captures and channels rainwater from the Rockaway yard to the garden; a community compost facility to share with our neighbours, plus creating more beds, pathways and accessible areas.
Garden Progress Video Updates
Here is the first in a series of short garden progress videos from Josh, our wonderful Head Gardener.
It shows how the amazing donations we've received are put to great use, as well as success stories with new paths, new steps, beds, crops; the beginnings of a native perennial wildflower meadow and improving accessibility for everyone to enjoy the garden!
A garden volunteer scheme runs on FRIDAYS and anyone who wants to get stuck in with a wide variety of tasks is welcome to join us! If you would like to volunteer or sign up to a regular volunteer’s email, then please click below. Our volunteers are given a free delicious lunch from the Vegan Cafe as a thank you for all their hard work.
Help Us Grow
To help us grow the forest garden we have a fundraiser and welcome donations – not just money, but plants, trees, seeds and old garden tools, plus any materials that can be recycled,
as well as help and ideas!
If you’d like to donate, please click below, and many thanks - we truly appreciate everything people give us, from the smallest seed to the largest tree.
Rockaway Garden Gallery
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