Please feel free to pick herbs and fruit from the garden, taking just a small share and leaving some more for other people and wildlife.
Do not take anything from the raised beds, as these are rented to individuals.
Make sure you can identify everything you pick, as not everything in the garden is edible - and some plants (e.g. spurges, foxgloves) are poisonous!
We are growing organic fruit, vegetables and herbs and ornamental shrubs and flowers to make the garden attractive to people and wildlife. The abundant plant life should also improve the poor air quality in the area.
Grapes Hill Community Garden Group (GHCGG) was set up in summer 2008 to convert a run-down disused area near Norwich city centre into a community garden. Our site, a 50 metre by 12 metre former play area, was covered in tarmac.
We consulted the local community on the design of the garden and following the completion of hard landscaping work in late 2010 we held a series of work days in spring 2011 to plant up the garden.
The garden opened to the public for the first time on Saturday 2nd July 2011 and we celebrated with a Grand Opening Day on Sunday 7th August 2011.
We are renting our nine raised beds to members of the local community for growing vegetables.
Thanks to Danny for designing our logo, to Anna-Marie and Jo for photos of the Community Awareness Day, Christine Way of Inner Space for the loan of folding tables for our fundraising stalls, Voluntary Norfolk for the loan of display boards, Vanna Bartlett for designing our fundraising Christmas cards, Design Different for designing our website, producing promotional postcards and for continuing to update our website for free, Peter Salt for letting us display his old photographs of the Grapes Hill area, Personal Paper for waiving paper and print costs, Floranova for supplying free vegetable seeds and Norfolk County Council for a Landscape Conservation Grant which has paid for our fruit trees and a grant towards installing a sculpture in the garden.
Thanks also to the sponsors of our fruit trees, including Aran Services Ltd, Inanna's Festival, Caroline & Peter Brimblecombe, Fran & Peter Ellington, Jane Sayers & Anthony Preston, Dan Mooney - J. Thompson and Eamon O'Brien, Tom & Ben Loudon, Peter O'Callaghan, Susan Lockley and Ms Stevie Walls.