At the Rosamund Community Garden in Guildford we grow produce in tune with nature, using no-dig methods, slow natural enrichment and non-mechanisation.
At the moment we are working to a rota that means we can limit our sessions to 6 volunteers (or under) to comply with the current covid19 guidelines.
Come and join us for a spot of friendly communal gardening. Please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can let you know when to come for an introduction.
We are located near Pewley Down, off Longdown Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 8PP. You can park in Longdown Road and then walk along the footpath at the first left-hand bend (the garden is set back on the right). Or a pleasant way to reach the site is to walk across the top of Pewley Down, then along the ridge through the shaded tunnel of Burgess Way, which brings you to the houses on your right and our entrance is the last farm gate on your left before emerging onto Longdown Road.
The garden is named after Rosamund Arvidsson, who lived with her 2 children in a house at the top of Longdown Road. To protect that bit of chalk downland from development she purchased 19 acres, which had a history of growing wheat and more recently being cut for hay. Her son and daughter are working with Guildford Environmental Forum and Surrey Wildlife Trust, to secure it in the best interests of wildlife and to help nurture, what everybody agrees, is a peaceful and beautiful place.
As we have 2 polytunnels we are able to produce food crops for most of the year, and can grow tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and cucumbers under cover, as well as a large variety of salads and herbs.
There is a table with chairs to be used by any passers by or local people (when the garden is manned) for a picnic, a social gathering or of course for the workers to have a well deserved hot drink and a chat. The garden can be used for a family outing and/or for education.
We need a mixture of skills – green fingers are a good start but also turning compost, putting up small structures, repairing things and moving wheelbarrows. There is always plenty to do and we would love to have you! We are also open to other ideas of how the garden could be used, so please use the contacts page to share your ideas with us.