The community garden was started in 1983 and is comprised of a mature garden with a grassy, hilly area and wildlife pond. There is a small woodland and a paved central area incorporating a mosaic and a Time Capsule. There is a small natural play area for children which was redeveloped in 2010. The site is fully accessible.
Regular upkeep of Loris Garden is undertaken at monthly drop in gardening days on the first Sunday of the month, 11am – 3pm. Tasks include planting, watering, mowing, weeding, pond clearance, wildlife surveys as well as seasonal activities such as pruning, bulb planting and leaf sweeping. Stay for an hour or stay all day. Please check the events page for dates and further information.
We also have one key volunteer who has taken on the role of “Caretaker” at the garden. He opens up every day, ensures that everything is kept neat and safe, and enables groups to access the facilities such as pond dipping nets and information sheets, toilets etc.
The garden is used by several local schools and groups on a weekly basis as an educational resource and HCGA are happy to provide curriculum-linked resources, information and staff to groups who wish to use the site. Learning in this environment provides lasting experiences and appeals to different learning styles. Several local and environmental organisations have used the site for meetings or events. Our School Gardener works in neighbouring school Lena Gardens and brings children into the garden on a weekly basis. If you are interested in bringing a group to the site please contact us. HCGA has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge for the environmental education sessions delivered in the gardens.
Map showing the location of Loris Gardens.
The Eco-shed at Loris
In 2004 HCGA decided to enhance the facilities at Loris Garden and undertake the construction of a simple eco-shed, comprising a kitchen/office, toilet and tool storage. Almost half of the UK carbon emissions can be associated with the construction and operation of our buildings. Buildings can impact on the environment is other ways too, including: landfilling of the waste used in their construction; landfilling the building when it is demolished and the effect on the land on which is it built. Eco-sheds are light buildings designed to have a little impact on the environment as possible.
The brief was for the building to be as sustainable as possible features include: A sedum roof, sustainably sourced timber, recycled fixtures including sinks and windows, newspaper insulation. The building was designed by Studio E Architects and constructed by Ecolibrium Solutions. It was funded by a grant from the Western Riverside Environment Fund and a grant from the SEED programme of the Lottery.
We are delighted with the results and our volunteers now have somewhere to make a cuppa and go to the loo which wasn’t possible before.
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