We will use it to raise plants for use in town displays, and it will also become a Centre for Horticultural Excellence for use by different groups linking health and horticulture for all ages. The generous award of a £20,000 from the Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, mean that in addition to generous local donations we have raised more than £33,000 so far out of the £120,000 we need.
Next to the greenhouse site is our Potager, with raised beds used to display vegetables and flowers for cutting. Our Floral Promenade connects many of our plantings along the river front, from the planted boat at the Higher Ferry, via the hanging baskets, troughs and planters, to the Lower Ferry.
In 2016 our major project was an English Cottage Garden in Royal Avenue Gardens which we designed and planted. The site was prepared with the help of Naval cadets from BRNC and we planted a wonderful range of traditional flowers.