The community garden provides a green space in an area of high density housing. The result of a bomb strike, the space has been managed by HCGA since 1988 and in 1996 it was extensively redeveloped to make the site accessible to wheelchair users. The garden is open and sunny with a few specimen trees, a pond, a wildlife area, herb beds and murals.
The site is located next to a public playground and has been a popular venue for a series of exciting arts based projects including a time capsule to be opened in 2020.
Local volunteers regularly check the garden and carry out garden maintenance tasks, tidy up etc. ‘Get Out There!’, our conservation training scheme, meets here every week and trainees manage the wildlife area. We are working to improve biodiversity in line with the borough’s plan.
The garden is used for various additional activities. In the last year this has included family activities during holidays, schools visits and corporate workdays. We also worked with a local mental health day centre to offer gardening opportunities for their service users and help them integrate into a wider group of volunteers. In September we hold the annual Godolphin Festival.
Map showing the location of Goldolphin Gardens.
Eco shed at Godolphin Garden
In 2009 we installed an eco shed at Godolphin Garden made from recycled materials. This shed was designed by Jason Wren of Shape Architecture. Funding for the project was raised from Western Riverside Environment Fund, the local authority and reserves. The shed provided a small kitchen/ meeting space, toilet and storage for tools, play equipment etc.