Haddenham Bucks

Community Garden at Abbeyfield

Home » News » Community Garden at Abbeyfield
Community Garden 02
Community Garden 04
Community Garden 06

Stonehill House Residential Care Home (Abbeyfield) in Churchway held the official opening of its new Community Garden on Friday 11th October.

Rather like the garden makeover programmes on TV, the project at Abbeyfield owes everything to the charitable efforts and gifts of local companies and volunteers.

The aim of the project has been to bridge gaps in society between young and old, business and charity — and to develop relationships in the community.

Not least among the contributors has been Landmark Garden Design, with Rodney Lovell leading the project and his two colleagues Chris Watling and George Gurden working onsite, free-of-charge, for the best part of three weeks.

Several other local companies and organisations also supplied materials, equipment, skips, etc., or provided volunteers to lend a hand — again, all free of charge.

Suppliers have included:

Volunteers included kind folks from Aston Rowant Cricket Club and their partners and from Eposability.

The garden's opening ceremony was conducted by local celebrity and professional actor, Bruce Alexander, who paid tribute to all the skilled and voluntary effort and extended warm thanks to those organisations that had donated materials.

He also read out the following poem by Thomas Edward Brown (1830-1897):

A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!
Rose plot,
Fringed pool,
Fern'd grot --
The veriest school
Of peace; and yet the fool
Contends that God is not --
Not God! in gardens! when the eve is cool?
Nay, but I have a sign;
'Tis very sure God walks in mine.

After the opening ceremony, volunteers and guests joined Abbeyfield residents and staff in raising a glass of bubbly to mark the occasion and this was followed by a rather splendid tea party, with a substantial spread of cakes on offer.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Horticultural Show_Autumn 01
Gayton Jordan: Thu 05 Aug 9:30am

The Haddenham Horticultural Society Autumn Show 2021 will take place in the Village Hall on Saturday 4th September, as long as this can be done in a way that is compatible with any lingering Covid restrictions. For those unfamiliar with the Show, entries are welcome from everyone, not just HHS members. A Yearbook including the schedule of classes for both the 2021 Autumn Show and the 2022...

Alan Thawley
Haddenham Webteam: Wed 04 Aug 5:00pm

Haddenham Safe Walking & Cycling Group has a new Chair. The Group, which celebrated its 21st birthday this year, welcomes Parish Councillor, Alan Thawley, to the job of leading it into a future where walking and cycling become ever more important means of getting around the village. Cynthia Floud, who has retired from chairing the Group after 12 years in the post, is confident that Alan will...

New Highway Code 02
Alan Thawley: Mon 02 Aug 11:36am

Good news for Pedestrians and Cyclists?We will be safer walking and cycling in Haddenham, when we have all learnt the new Highway Code. National press reports say that 'Changes to the Highway Code, including putting pedestrians at the top of a new "road user hierarchy", have been proposed by the UK transport secretary.The proposed changes, which are due to receive...