Springvale Community Garden is a vibrant community asset which is becoming increasingly well known for the opportunities for volunteering as well as excellent seasonal vegetables, fruit and plants. It is a 4 acre site on 2 sides of the River Don in Springvale, Penistone. People who haven’t visited for a while will be amazed at the progress on the site. Until the mid-1970’s the site was the sewage works for Penistone. After that it became a training area for long-term unemployed people, then a commercial nursery. When it closed at the end of 2006 the site fell into dereliction.
It was then handed in trust to Penistone and District Community Partnership who decided to continue the gardening tradition at the site and to develop it as a community garden. Now Springvale Community Garden is a charity in its own right with the aim of providing:
The area on the South side of the River Don is now a nature haven. Volunteers have worked hard to improve access and to create a picnic area. Restoration work began on the Garden in the summer of 2008. Gradually volunteers have cleared the site and created...
Now it is growing into a place where the whole community can find something that gives them a better quality of life. The garden has been supported by Penistone Ward Alliance funding which has helped with materials for renovations and equipment. Local businesses have helped too. The garden is run entirely by volunteers who look after the site and raise the plants and vegetables.
It’s been a busy and exciting year. In January we gained Charity status and we are developing our organisation to meet the Charity Commission’s requirements.
Several of the local schools now visit on a regular basis. We continue to have regular volunteers from Compass House. Corporate volunteers are increasing. Nat West, ASOS and Lloyds TSB have volunteered this year.
We’ve acted as a satellite greenhouse for several growing initiatives across Barnsley in collaboration with Dan Wildsmith from Voluntary Action Barnsley.
We’ve had children’s parties, meetings and family BBQs.
Our goal is to involve more and more people and make the garden a real community hub for education, conservation and recreation.
During 2016 we’re refurbishing a building to create a shop area and dry storage. It was just a skeleton and needed roof and walls as well as electrical and plumbing work.
The volunteers have done amazing things with donated kitchen units. Thanks to BMBC for their help.
As you look around the garden you will see information about ideas we have for developing the site even further.
Our volunteers have many different reasons for being involved. Some enjoy getting stuck into physical tasks others play a role with administration. Some enjoy being part of a group, being part of a worthwhile cause or just coming to the garden for relaxation.
We have engineers, gardeners, builders and some who would say they have no particular skill and simply enjoy helping in whatever way they can.
There’s something for everyone.