Watford Community Garden

Let's smash food poverty together

It feels great to be back!

We have our Community Garden back! On Monday the 13th of March 2017 we started rebuilding our Community Garden, as our last one had disappeared under the steps to the new Westfield Academy building in west Watford.

Our new Community Garden and City & Guilds Horticultural Training Centre is situated at the far end of the very well signposted Westfield Community Sports Centre in Tolpits Lane, Watford.

We are starting with the training centre inside the school perimeter fencing and have extended the hedgeline out , from here into the builders yard that will become the 12 raised bed Community Garden for local residents and our new Horticultural Maintenance Cooperative.

Sustainable horticulture

Our training facilities include not only community food growing space but planted areas with trees,shrubs and herbaceous perennials, that show off our students horticultural prowess to potential customers We will, soon, also be developing a picnic area which will remain open to the public with the same opening times as the Community Sports Centre and we hope to be able to offer Horticultural Education and Horticultural Advice too.

We believe that horticultural education remains the best long term investment in sustainable development that any government or community can make, and we aren't the only ones who believe this. Take a look at what the International Society for Horticultural Science (I.S.H.S.) has to say on the matter. 

Sustainable Horticulture Education

 

XXVII International Horticultural Congress

Horticulture is regarded differently according to the developmental stage of a country and therefore growers may be set quite different goals, such as: nourishing the local populations in situations of extreme poverty; producing food as efficiently as possible to compete in the global market, or diversifying to non-food production activities in highly developed societies. Horticultural systems are quite diverse across the world and are changing, driven by economic development and market globalisation. All these changes enormously challenge the role of education, which has to provide information, knowledge and practice. The focus on technical information gives way to the need to strengthen the socio-economic component e.g. ecological, ethical and social dimensions of horticulture. The excess of information is handled by emphasising critical thinking skills, problem-solving attitudes and decision-making, and by creating innovative learning environments. Horticulturists are well prepared through continuous updating to becoming life-long learners. Modern horticultural education requires teaching staff to combine the mastery of their subject matters together with good didactical and communication skills. Education in horticulture is difficult and complex but it is the best long-term investment for sustainable development.

Sustainable Schools

  

Assurability is proud to sponsor Watford Community Garden.

As a Co-operative Community Interest Company we invest in Social Enterprise, ploughing would-be profit back into the community.for the good of everybody. You can find Assurability CIC on Twitter @assurability and Watford Community Garden @WatfordCG

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