This is a project from the Queen Edith's Community Forum, which covers the area in which the Nightingale Garden and Park are situated.

We are a RHS-affiliated and also a member of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (our entry).

Current projects for the Bloom group:

  • Nightingale Community garden - this website;
  • Queen Edith's Primary School - year 3 gardens - with their Parents, Friends and Staff Association. A new project from Summer 2017. Happy to provide some ideas, materials, muscle and plants from Nightingale Garden.
  • Wulfstan Way Raingardens - a new project from Spring 2017. Funded by an RHS Greening Grey Britain grant. Working with 28th Cambridge Cubs. We could plant more of the space if we had more volunteers to maintain it.

The 'electoral ward' Queen Edith's, and nearby green belt, has a wealth of green-spaces and also several gardening and food growing projects (see diagram/map).

April 2016: initial mapping of where activities happen - there are also projects in local primary schools - what have we missed?

April 2016: initial mapping of where activities happen - there are also projects in local primary schools - what have we missed?

Some are very new and some, like Rock Allotment Society, are more than 100 years old.

Some are managed by City Council Streets and Open Spaces, some involve volunteers or are volunteer-run. Several of our volunteers are registered individually with Streets and Open Spaces and also take part in litter picks and other smaller gardening work around the City.

The Queen Edith’s Community Forum would like to support these projects and help expand some of them. This can include networking between existing projects and people so they can more easily choose to work together and share resources and people. The same people are often involved in several projects within Queen Edith's but also across Cambridge and beyond.

The Forum is registered with the RHS’ (non-competitive) Anglia in Bloom (It's Your Neighbourhood') scheme, which can provide some extra support and structure to these schemes.

If you would be interested in joining 'the Bloomers', do contact the Forum or via this website and we can arrange to meet up.

Rebecca, Nightingale garden volunteer, is the acting co-ordinator for Queen Edith's in Bloom but would really love to share this project with lots of other keen people - we are already networking with local allotmenters and parent volunteers and staff at Queen Edith's Primary School.

Useful links

See the new Cambridge Wild webpage for useful links.

Last updated: 31 October 2017