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Minding the Garden @Hart’s Green Garden – Growing Together

Would you like to be part of Hart’s community wellbeing garden ?

Somewhere well-designed with accessible pathways and seating, raised beds and polytunnels ?

And importantly, where you can find friendly conversation and there is always a cup of tea close to hand !

If you are an individual or a group, Minding the Garden would love to offer you a warm welcome to our supportive and practical space, including sensory areas and quiet spaces enabling you to connect with nature and wildlife.

Maybe you are looking for a place to relax and meet others or would like to try your hand at gardening on the Minding the Garden plot at Hart’s Green Garden in Fleet?

Whether your interest is in growing or enjoying being outdoors, our focus is to provide a social and therapeutic area to benefit everyone.

Our aim is to provide opportunities for people in the local communities to help look after their physical health and mental wellbeing.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch with Amanda Slater at Hart Voluntary Action:-


When will the community garden be ready for use ?

The community garden is in the build phase and our aim is to have it open for people to get involved in September 2021.


What is a community garden ?

  • A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people
  • A community garden is a space that uses gardening to help people take care of their physical, emotional and social wellbeing
  • A community garden is a place to relax, a way to engage with nature, meet others and get active outdoors
  • A community garden can bring people together from different backgrounds and improve individual confidence and and community inclusion

What are the general benefits of a community garden ?

  • A community garden can bring a wide range of benefits, from connecting people with each other to growing fresh food and flowers to enjoy
  • Gardening can help reduce anxiety levels and improve the health and wellbeing of those involved, relieving the stresses and strains of everyday life
  • People report feeling happier and healthier through their involvement in a garden
  • Community gardening benefits people with many different disabilities, including those recovering from stroke and heart disease, blind and partially sighted people, those in the early stages of dementia and people with physical and learning disabilities

What are the five key benefits of a sustained and and active interest in gardening ?

  • Better physical health through exercise and learning how to use or strengthen muscles to improve mobility
  • Improved mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement
  • The opportunity to connect with others – reducing feelings of isolation or exclusion
  • Acquiring new skills to improve the chances of finding employment
  • Just feeling better for being outside, in touch with nature and in the ‘great outdoors’


Hart District Council Press Release - 14th June 2021

Hart’s Green Garden – Growing Together

What is the project about?

Hart District Council has been working in partnership with Hart Allotment Association and Hart Voluntary Action to develop Hart’s Green Garden.

The project aims to create a welcoming and inclusive community gardening space for residents to Grow Together, in more ways than one. Hart residents from diverse backgrounds can come together around the shared interest of gardening. The project is currently in its build phase and works onsite started at the beginning of June 2021.

Hart’s Green Garden will form a vibrant part of Edenbrook Country Park’s active area. As a beacon of sustainable community gardening, this project supports Hart District Council’s aspiration to establish Edenbrook Country Park as an award-winning Centre of Excellence for health and wellbeing. Shared facilities and spaces include a shelter, compost toilet and communal planting areas which will encourage connections between all site users.

To read the full press release, use the link below.


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