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 and open to the public.
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.