Tadpole Garden Village Community Gardening

Stu Olden and Pete Welsh gave an inspirational talk about the remarkable work that has been achieved in just three years.

In a brand-new village, starting from scratch, they set up a committee with a mission statement pledging to ‘Encourage people of all ages and abilities to take pride in where they live, through horticulture, environment and community’; these ‘three pillars’ form the base from which they work and involving the local schools is fundamental.

There is a long list of projects that have been achieved by grants, fundraising and donations, all carried out by local people.

First, they established community allotments and formed a garden club. School collaboration has resulted in the planting of thousands of bulbs, 115 trees and corridors for bats and nature. There have been litter picks, planters created, a community greenhouse erected, a garden for affordable housing established and a dementia garden made at GWH. A dumping ground is now a fairy trail, reduced mobility gardening facilities set up and a memorial garden created. As well as seasonal events at Halloween and Christmas, a calendar and monthly markets successfully raise funds.

There have been competitions, awards gained and plans are ongoing.

Time, paperwork and hard graft have been key to the planning, preparation and execution of these achievements.

The village is lucky to have such a dedicated committee and band of helpers.

Stu Olden and Pete Welsh