HISTORY Tring Community Food Garden came about through the Dacorum Local Food Initiative which ran from 2012 to 2015. All local councils in Dacorum were invited to find a patch of land to promote growing food, which would be available to the public. Tring Town Council offered a patch of land (the only Council in Dacorum to do so) to Tring in Transition at the allotment site in Bulbourne. Subsequently this was changed to the more accessible site in Duckmore Lane.
Work started in May of 2016. A derelict site is being replaced with a garden with vegetable beds, fruit trees and bushes, herbs and wildflowers. The orchard area is being developed as a Forest Garden (see below), this means it is planted with a selection of trees, shrubs and smaller plants all of which produce something edible. By using permaculture and a no dig approach we are creating a sustainable garden which will be productive, low-maintenance, low-cost, wildlife and children friendly.
OUR VEGETABLE BEDS We've used no-dig raised beds with a difference. Hügelkultur hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Hügelkultur, pronounced Hoo-gul-culture, means hill culture or hill mound. Old logs, gleaned from neglected spots around the allotment, were used as a foundation for these beds and provide natural nutrients for our vegetables. OUR FOREST GARDEN
Created to copy a natural woodland edge, forest gardens make the most of the space available by layering planting. Taller plants help to shelter and support smaller ones and the range of species means food can be harvested over a longer season. Other advantages include low maintenance and reduced risk of the pests and diseases associated with monoculture. Dating back 4000 years, forest gardens are still common in the tropics. Temperate climate forest gardening has become more popular recently. Examples of our different layers include apple and quince trees, blackcurrant and gooseberry shrubs, marjoram and lemon balm herbs.
We organise gardening parties, open to all who'd like to help and/or learn more about our approach. Join us between 10am and 12 noon on the second Sunday of each month at the allotments on Duckmore Lane. Everyone is welcome.