Community gardens are great places to become more active, get fit, learn new skills and meet new friends. Inspero have two community gardens in Basingstoke which have transformed areas of urban wasteland into beautiful green spaces that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Our Kempshott/Stratton Park community garden has received thirteen RHS South East in Bloom Awards for Its Your Neighbourhood – Environmental Responsibility, Community Participation and Gardening Achievement as well as achieving a Gold Community award for Inspero’s horticultural education work in the community in 2018 and 2019. In 2019 Inspero also won the prestigious Chairman’s Award for its work in the Basingstoke community.
Our Bardwell Close community garden is a peaceful space in the middle of a busy housing area, South Ham. It is a gated garden shared with local residents who have an interest in gardening.
At our community gardens we grow lots of different types of food including; vegetables, herbs and fruit. Everything is grown organically and we use a lot of companion planting to keep the pests away.
Food is grown primarily for our Cooking Club programme – Love2Cook, volunteers who would like to take food home or shared out amongst local people. Some produce is also sold to the public at affordable prices.
There is a great sense of camaraderie at our community gardens, we often share seeds, recipes, gardening tips, well-being approaches to help us all lead healthier lifestyles.
If you are interested in learning more, come along and join our Green Therapy Group.