Vitamin G Community Art Garden, Caterham
Do you love the great outdoors? Are you a keen gardener? Would you like to try some thing new? Then come and get involved with the Vitamin G Community Art Garden, located in Queens Park Gardens, Caterham!
Every Tuesday, the keen gardeners of Surrey Choices attend the Vitamin G Community Art Garden to help with it’s maintenance and upkeep. We are currently looking for volunteers to support Surrey Choices and help maintain and develop the garden. Volunteering tasks include planting of low, raised and accessible planting beds, creating and painting visual displays, and art activities. No previous gardening experience is necessary, however - if you are an experienced gardener we would value you sharing your experience and knowledge with the group.
All are welcome, just bring a pair of gloves and we will provide the tools, equipment and the garden!
Can you help? Sessions run every Tuesday, 10am – 12pm at: Caterham Vitamin G Community Art Garden Queens Park Queens Park Road Caterham, CR3 5RB The garden is located near the Queens Park Pavillion, next to the tennis courts, behind the garden with the clock tower.
Surrey Choices is a social care provider which supports people across Surrey with a range of abilities to find the best care, activities and services for their needs.
The Vitamin G Community Art Garden, Caterham has been a partnership project with Tandridge Trust Leisure and Culture Limited, Tandridge District Council and Arts Partnership Surrey. For further details on the Surrey wide Vitamin G gardens please see the website: vitamin-g.org.uk
The construction of the Vitamin G Community Art Garden
The Caterham Vitamin G Community Art Garden is part of a county wide initiative aimed at promoting independence and wellbeing for the older people in the district. The innovative project has created a new community art garden in the grounds of Queens Park, Caterham and further gardens across Surrey. The project aims to offer practical ways for residents to stay active and healthy, to learn new skills and to enjoy working and creating together in an inspirational and therapeutic way, whilst also incorporating the opportunity to learn.
Working in consultation throughout 2014, the local residents put forward their ideas and aspirations for the garden, and then garden designer Anita Smith of Anita Smith Designs, and woodwork artist Ruth Wheeler from Sculpt It, used these ideas to help design and create the finished garden. Working in conjunction with de Stafford School and Coombe Dingle Nursing Home, they took the community ideas and helped shaped them in to woodwork sculptures and clay pebbles to add to the final garden design.
With the help of volunteers from the local community, the Vitamin G Community Art Garden was completed in June. It was opened by Councillor Rose Thorn on 21 June 2015 at a celebratory garden party, where Caterham residents got to try there hand at woodwork sculptures, pebble painting and planting.
The project has worked across the generations, bringing together young and old throughout the process, and has created a therapeutic space for all to enjoy!