Library Community Garden

Westbury Library Community Garden

One of the ideas that came out of the discussions held back in April, was the possibility of using some of the grassy area next to Westbury Library to develop a Community Garden, providing a place to grow a variety of vegetables and other crops. With the support and expertise of members of SusWoT (Sustainable Westbury), a group of volunteers started work on developing the first plot in late November...

Unfortunately the Saturday was persistently wet, so work had to be postponed until the Sunday afternoon. The group were organised by Alex Dunn of SuSWoT and managed to remove the turf from the area to be cultivated and stack it up to rot down.  They were able to start forking over the ground - and then discovered that, from about 6 inches down, it consisted mostly of clay, with lots of tree roots, bricks and large stones...

They removed quite a lot of rubble and a few roots and then returned for another session the following Sunday (December 1st) During this session they managed to finish clearing out roots and rubble from the bed, raked it level and sowed Broad beans.

The plan now is to leave it until the beans appear and then weed as required; when the beans are tall enough they will be staked to provide support.

Broad beans will act as a crop that will enrich the soil as they fix nitrogen and can be dug in. They should be harvestable by June which will allow the group to plant out things that have been started in greenhouses in early spring such as cabbages, tomatoes, cauliflowers, berlotti beans, runner beans, French beans etc.

If anyone would like to join the group for future sessions (weather permitting - this is a fair-weather group!), please contact Alex Dunn on

Update - January 2020
Our garden is celebrating the New Year with the appearance of a full set of bean shoots! They will soon need staking to protect them from the wind, but at least they won't need watering for a while!

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