Community Roots is a large community horticultural space based in Southtown, Great Yarmouth, where we host a range of activities, events and workshops.
The project offers a friendly, supportive atmosphere, encouraging social inclusion and continued learning. With a number of gardening and specialist groups to participate in, there really is something for everyone.
In addition, group members can learn new transferable skills, which can continue to qualifications as part of the recovery process.
Corona Virus Update
Community Roots is currently closed to groups and activities due to Government guidelines. Staff members are maintaining the garden and caring for the vegetables as best as they can, while practising social distancing.
We are keeping in touch with people who were using Community Roots through text and phone and Facebook.
We have seeds that we can send out to you for you to grow your own at home . Please get in touch by email or text. First come first served.
We also have some veg plants e.g. tomato, cucumber and peppers for sale for local people . Get in touch and we can arrange to put them outside the gate for you at a mutually convenient time for suggested donation of 50p per plant.
We are still taking referrals during the lockdown and will make contact with new people and give support where we can. We will also signpost you to other activities you can do safely while socially distancing.
We also plan to deliver some virtual groups e.g. ‘how to’ workshops on gardening and bike maintenance. Let us know if you would be interested in these and what subjects or any particular questions you would like answered.
Keep safe and well !
Horticultural Projects Manager
What is Community Roots?
Growing plants can serve as a protective factor when times are difficult (the feeling that plants rely on somebody for survival). It’s not just an outdoor site – it’s an entire acre of beautiful community garden; offering a multitude of wellbeing activities as well as a wealth of nature! The group is also a fantastic way to keep active.
We have a community orchard, vegetable beds, wildlife ponds, a bird hide, wildflower field, herb spiral, pizza oven, nature conservation area and a beautiful butterfly-shaped recovery labyrinth.
We run regular, weekly activities that encompass gardening, arts and crafts.
Gardening skills that we nurture at Community Roots include:
- sowing seeds
- cropping fruit and vegetables
- crop rotation
- plant care
Our woodwork club and arts & crafts drop-in groups are volunteer led, encouraging social inclusion and continued learning in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. The benefits of attending are as diverse as the attendees:
- Increase in self-confidence
- A supportive social framework
- The stability of a routine
- Learning transferrable skills (which could lead to qualifications)
- Groups, courses and activities are a great way to keep active
What’s new and upcoming for 2020?
This year, we have a new, exciting project - the Community Roots Cycle Hub, which has been set up with support from Cycling UK.
This includes basic cycle maintenance workshops and regular, guided cycle rides. We’ve also run a successful clay workshop, which produced very creative results!
We have more clay workshops and willow-weaving workshops planned for 2020.
How can I get involved, or find out more information?
To get involved in any of our activities, please complete the short form.
Queen Anne’s Rd Southtown, Great Yarmouth, NR31 0LE
If you’d like further information or to arrange a visit, please contact:
Caroline Fernandez - Community Roots Manager
t: 07814 116698