Three cheers for the Goody Patch!

We have a wonderful local community garden (there are several locally, but this is the neighbourhood treasure).  It’s called the Goody Patch–partly because it’s attached to the Goodwood Primary School and partly because it is a source of goodies (good things).  Here’s the welcome mosaic.

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Recently it had a birthday party.  There were early zucchini (courgettes).

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There were herbs, and beds celebrating the cuisines of particular communities.

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Intriguing shade structures and indications of ingenuity with repurposed hard rubbish…

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And flowers!

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There was some vertical gardening…

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And all manner of gardening gloriousness, together with the odd bit of yarnbombing (look at the fence in the background below).  It was a great celebration of this garden, which has gone from humble beginnings in a small area to its current much bigger size and range of activities.  If I am able to go past during the schoolday, there are schoolchildren in there excitedly learning to propagate.  On the weekend there are adults and children working together.  There is always plenty to look at and admire.  I went home munching on a chocolate chip and fresh mint biscuit (it was green and delicious) and carting  a few additions to our garden from one of the many stalls.  So here’s to a neighbourhood treasure and all those who initiated it and sustained it until, as one friend said, it reached a critical mass.

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7 responses to “Three cheers for the Goody Patch!

  1. Susan

    TOTALLY Glorious and treasure filled! I like the idea of the celebration of different cuisines in separate beds.

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  2. unless it’s some sort of camera lens trick, that is the biggest zucchini plant I have ever seen! Community gardens are wonderful, they seem to radiate good energy.

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  3. how wonderful. we don’t even have kids in this dying village .. (full of expensive cottages too small for their London living owners, out of 17 houses in this street, only 6 are currently lived in permanently) lovely to see summer pictures from dark and cold N Europe too!

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  4. Love that the school has a community garden, I’m so envious.

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