Grapes Hill Community Garden Group

Welcome To Our Garden

Open free of charge to the public every day from 9.00am

Closing times: 8pm (May, June, July and August), 6pm (March, April, September, October to the end of BST), 4.30pm or dusk if earlier (End of October to the end of February)

How to find the garden


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.

List of plants in the garden (100 kb PDF file)
List of wildlife seen in the garden (100 kb PDF file)
Visitors' Comments about the garden (11 kb PDF file)
Download a self-guided tour of the garden (21kb PDF file).


About our Group

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.


Come and enjoy our urban oasis!


News, Events and Photos

Visit our News and Events page for the latest news on how the Grapes Hill Community Garden project is progressing and view our plans for the garden and photo gallery of the garden and its development.


Get Involved

Learn how to get involved in this exciting project.

Visit the garden and join the Grapes Hill Community Garden Group using our Membership Application form and apply to rent a raised bed.


Awards

Grapes Hill Community Garden has won the following awards:

26th February 2010: Norwich EcoAwards 2010 - Eco Community Group.

1st March 2012: Norwich EcoAwards 2011-12 - Eco Community Group.

17th July 2012: Green Flag Award.

24th July 2012: Group Award, Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership Community Biodiversity Awards 2011-12.

11th September 2012: Best Community Project, Anglia In Bloom Awards 2012.

15th October 2013: Shortlisted, Norwich Society Design Awards 2013.

14th November 2013: RHS 'Its your neighbourhood' award: Level 5 - Outstanding.


Thanks

We are very grateful for the help and moral support offered by a variety of people involved in the various Transition Norwich groups, Norwich Green Party, Norwich City Council, The Reindeer pub on Dereham Road, Birketts LLP, Andrew Morton QS, ASquared Architects, Business In The Community ProHelp, the East of England Co-operative Society, the John Jarrold Trust, Norfolk Community Foundation, Greater Norwich Development Partnership, Groundwork, Community Spaces and the Big Lottery Fund.

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 and producing promotional postcards, 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.

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 and Ms Stevie Walls.

Last but not least, thanks to the following businesses for supplying tools, plants etc. at a reduced rate: Taverham Garden Centre, Norfolk Herbs, Reads Nursery, dd Health and Safety Supplies, Mousehold Garden Centre and The Secondhand Tool Company.

John Jarrold Trust Personal Paper