Lowfield Green Housing Co-operative. Community Garden - permaculture workshop.
Join the Lowfield Green Housing Coop to design a new community garden for Acomb! The garden will be located on the new development at Lowfield Green, and we want you to help design it! Using companion planting and permaculture ideas, we want to design a garden that encourages biodiversity, brings our community together and provides a playful, nurturing environment.
Who Are We?
More about Lowfield Green Housing Coop and the Community Garden:
We are a community of people who are going to build our own homes on the site of Lowfield Green along the principles of mutual home ownership (MHOS) with the assistance of our hub, Yorspace. The co-operative will run under the principles of an ethical, sustainable and accessible community. As such we are very committed to the principle that our actions should always seek to limit our impact on the local and wider environment and where possible should aim to improve it along the principles of One Planet Living.
What do we want to achieve?
By creating a community garden initiative, we want to not only make the landscape within our land beautiful, sustainable and environmentally friendly but also to assist in making the landscape within the greater Acomb and York area to the same standard. We would like to work with people in the area to help teach and learn better ways to ensure that as much land as possible is being used in a productive fashion, be that as edible gardens, or friendly to pollinators, birds and other wildlife. We would also like to work with local business within Acomb to promote the benefits of community gardening.
How do we aim to achieve this?
The main focus of our community garden initiative is to interact with the community of Acomb through a community garden space in the proposed village green area in the Lowfield Green site. There we will be able to run varying community sessions that we allow us to teach local residents about the benefits of the One Planet Living principles. We will actively keep up to date with new information that can benefit the environmental impact of our gardens and help teach them to the residents to put into practice within their own gardens. We will also work with children’s groups to help teach them about interacting with nature and cultivate an understanding and care for their environment. We will also try to help people to learn how to use their local environment to help them live a more healthy and active lifestyle.
Our community garden initiative will carry over a number of the founding principles of our housing co-operative to ensure that we offer to the wider community the same visions that we have for our own community. As such we will aim to ensure that no-one is made to feel excluded and that we will always endeavour to make our work as accessible to all who wish to take part. We will make sure that all who are involved with the community gardens are given an equal say in the direction that they want the gardens to go in. We will welcome those of different communities in to see how we do what we do.