We are delighted to share that Roots for the Future is working with Waverley Borough Council to deliver a new community garden project in Godalming. Eashing Cemetery Community Garden and Orchard brings people together from Godalming and surrounding villages to enjoy and enhance their local green space. The new community garden is at Eashing Cemetery on Frankly Rd and everyone is invited to help preserve its natural habitat and to enjoy its peace and tranquillity.
Eashing cemetery community garden and orchard is a new initiative for Roots for the Future with partners Godalming Town Council, Waverley Borough Council, Thakeham Homes and COPSE – Community Orchards Projects South East.
The community project will be set in motion at our launch party on Saturday 16th July. Come and meet new people over a cup of tea and help us to prepare a new planting area in the garden. You can also help us by entering the new logo design competition and count butterflies! If you can please bring your own spade and gardening gloves.
We are holding our launch party to coincide with the Big Butterfly Count which starts on 15th July and runs through to 7th August. The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide citizen science survey aimed at helping to assess the health of our environment. Counting butterflies can be described as taking the pulse of nature, and citizen scientists are needed to assess how much help nature needs.
Just down the road from the cemetery, Waverley borough council has been regenerating the housing estate on Ockford Ridge with redevelopment and restoration work. The Thakeham Group were chosen by Waverley to build the new houses on the estate. As well as the new homes, the group is investing in a whole host of additional community benefits for the area. Supporting the establishment of Eashing Cemetery Community Garden and Orchard is one of those benefits.
Eashing Cemetery Community Garden and Orchard is an important place: it symbolises the wider regeneration of the estate and how all the partners are working together to help to create a stronger, lasting sense of community for private owners, tenants, and their visitors alike. Through this project, we can see, visit, and experience these new trees, wildflowers and the Garden which will develop over the next few years.