Southsea Greenhouse Community Co-op Growing in the Heart of the Community
The Southsea Greenhouse Community Garden has gone from strength to strength since we opened in April 2013. Starting as a derelict strip of land, completely overgrown and full of old masonry, we have created a gloriously colourful garden full of flowers, food and fun. Volunteers can spend time planting, digging or pottering.
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The garden is our focal point – but there’s a lot more to our little co-operative than digging and growing. We have made lots of friends throughout the community, and support or work with all sorts of projects, individuals and groups.
It’s lovely to know that the work we do is appreciated and respected by all sorts of people – in fact all the effort our lovely volunteers put in has resulted in some fantastic opportunities.
- Portsmouth in Bloom – we worked with the City Council to run this well-established and well-loved competition last year, and they are once again trusting us with Portsmouth in Bloom 2015 – Coming Soon!
- We have begun planting our community orchard, and have plenty of saplings and young trees that we can distribute to schools and community spaces Come and get yours now to make your gardens and hedgerows more wildlife friendly, and help us grow more Green spaces.
- Skillshops funded by the European Social Fund – we are running workshops for people who want to learn new skills and to help with employability. Our weekly crafts & gardening workshops will teach you new ways of working and be a great way to make new friends. You can read more about Skillshops by clicking here.
So as you can see, there are exciting times ahead for us – and we’d love for you to come and join in!
Be part of Southsea Greenhouse!
You can get involved with Southsea Greenhouse in a number of ways:
- Volunteer in the garden, as a crafter, or in another role if you have skills you’d like to share with us.
- Become a member – joining Southsea Greenhouse costs just £10 per year – that gives you a £1 share in the co-operative, and a say in how we’re run and what we do.
- If you are a grower, donate or barter your produce with us so we can get people eating food with next to no food miles!
- Just come and visit us at the garden, or look out for our stalls at many community events.
- Support the Veg Box scheme run by Donna, one of our lovely volunteers who runs the Food Co-op, providing fresh, organic fruit and veg, grown locally, and easy to collect.
Whether you come to buy, or just to browse around the garden, we’d love to see you.
Where is the garden?
You’ll find the garden right next to Cumberland House, the Natural History Museum on Eastern Parade. Our main gate is on the south side of our land, facing the sea and opposite the children’s play area next to Canoe Lake.
We are currently open Tuesday and Thursday 11am-1pm and Sunday from 1pm until 3pm. If the weather is really awful, we might be shut – be we always try to open if we can! Plus it’s worth popping in if you’re passing at other times as our volunteers are often in the garden working, and are happy to receive visitors.