Silloth’s Community Garden is on the corner of Criffel Street and Lawn Terrace. It was created with funding from Heritage Lottery and incorporated ideas from the community. In 2014, members of the community outlined what they wanted in a community garden. Youngsters were supported by older people, so that a cross section of ideas could be included in the design.
Many drawings were produced.
Moota Garden Centre designers attended the workshops and subsequently incorporated ideas into the final design which was approved by the community and signed off by Silloth Town Council.
60 youngsters from the Solway Community Technology School (Year 8) and two classes of Primary 6 pupils from Silloth Primary School plus children from JellyTots Nursery came along to the new Community Garden on Silloth Green on Wednesday 14th May, 2014 to adopt and help plant a shrub or flower.
The garden was planted with coastal tolerant hardy plants that could cope with salty air and strong inland winds. Wildflowers in Wildlife Zone attract butterflies and bees. ‘Wildflower Turf’ was supplied by a specialist and is low maintenance, weed suppressing, easy to handle and colourful, attracting bees and butterflies. Herbs & grasses were also used, since they are good for textual play. Children use their sense of touch and smell and can be taught that herbs are used in food.
Dedicated volunteers from ‘Friends of the Green’ have cared for the garden since it was first landscaped and planted in 2014.
They work in the garden routinely and put in many hours of hard work to keep it in beautiful condition.
Ann Winter said she puts the effort in because ” it all adds to pride in the community.”