Category Archives: Tandridge

Summer 2016

If you would like to get involved in helping maintain the award winning Vitamin G Community Art Garden in Caterham. We are looking for a variety of volunteers to support the keen gardener’s of Surrey Choices every Tuesday to ensure the maintenance and upkeep of the Vitamin G Community Art garden, located in Queens Park Gardens, Caterham.

We are looking for volunteers who would like to help develop the garden, you don’t need to have any experience and if you are an experienced gardener, share your wealth and knowledge with the group. Low planting beds, raised planting beds, accessible planting beds; there are a variety of options for you to be able to get gardening. Are arts your interest? Could you help paint, create visual displays or create art activities to add in to the garden? All welcome, just bring a pair of gloves, and we will provide the tools, equipment and the garden.

Would you like to help?

Sessions run Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.00pm1.30 – 3.00pm each week.

For further information and confirm your availability please contact Amy at Surrey Choices :

Amy Stafford amy.stafford@surreychoices.com or 01483 806650 www. Surreychoices.co.uk

Caterham Vitamin G Community Art Garden, Queens Park, Queens Park Road, Caterham, CR3 5RB. The garden is located near the Queens park Pavillion, next to the Tennis Courts behind the garden with the clocktower .

The Caterham Vitamin G community Art garden has been a partnership project with Tandridge Trust Leisure and Culture limited, Tandridge District Council and Arts Partnership Surrey.

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IDEAS!

Circular path-extend existing path to make a dementia/child friendly space

Secret garden 

Sign post/sculpture pointing way to secret garden outside the garden

Planting of vegetables and herbs, in raised beds

Tell a story throughout the garden using sculptures and words/poetry –plaques/mosaics

Mosaic or mural to cover the metal fence, possibly a living mosaic of plants- make vandal proof

Involve “Art Matters” part of the Richmond Fellowship in workshops in the garden in the future

Open up the space more by lowering the hedge/fence

 Hand print project- hands of the community involved saved by imprinting in garden

Make tarmac good

Include a recycled element possibly a sculpture?

Raised beds for wheel chair users

Sundial

Grow up the brick walls of the Croquet club building

Little natural children’s play house

Bird boxes and raised bed boxes could be created by men in sheds

Bird Table

Replace arbour

Willow arch

Mini fairy garden within the garden

Use mirrors with the garden to create more space possibly in the fairy garden

Link in with WW1 commemorations, could give the garden more purpose and help keep it safe from Vandals as people are more respectful of this sort of thing.

Create somewhere for older people to relax and enjoy

Meandering path to allow walk round

Low maintenance pool with moving water if poss

Raised pond which is safe therefore for children

Colourful planting

Scented plants

Insect attracting plants

More and prettier looking seating x 3

Something in season all year round

Accessibility important

Mural along sides to cover the fence, could be planted on boards and attached to the fence (reinforced?)

Theme of the mural could be run as a competition, possibly within the school and could be produced as part of lessons within the school and then transported to the garden. 

Mosaic tiles-students could design individual tile (again theme to be decided eg Caterham, natural forms etc) then fired and painted at school and varnished to protect them. Fixed on floor and or wall/ walkway/clubhouse  

Sculptures-ceramic again, once a theme has been decided, could be created- possibly abstract?

Hanging art to include possibly wind chimes to create sound in the garden.

Sensory items could also be included, things to touch

Garden space could be used for open air performances, music and drama by the school and other groups too

Art group could use the garden for classes

U3A gardening and art groups could use the space for meetings

Vegetable growing and also herbs important for education and also could be used in workshops

Cold frames to bring on plants

Secret garden party tying in other park groups once created, croquet on the lawn and maybe bowls club join in too! 

 

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Vitamin G- Community Art Garden Project Launches in Caterham

Tandridge Trust launched an exciting new art garden project, “Vitamin G” in Caterham last week. On Monday 21st July, local residents and representatives from several community groups, including the Richmond Fellowship mental health charity, Men In Sheds Project, de Stafford School, Caterham Horticultural Society, University of the 3rd Age Gardening Group and the Caterham Croquet Club, gathered at Queens Park Pavilion to meet garden designer Anita Smith and community artist, Ruth Wheeler, hear how the garden would work and share their thoughts and ideas for this new community space.

The new community art garden, in the grounds of Queens Park, is open to all local residents to be involved in creating, and using. Whether you are a keen gardener, and want to help with the practical aspects and share your knowledge, someone who is happy to do some basic digging and clearing or a person who would like to help with creating some of the art that will be included in the garden the Trust would love to hear from you and for you to be involved. There is no requirement for the public to commit to set dates or regular attendance at the project, which means even the very busy are able to get involved!

The innovative project has been conceived and partially funded by Arts Partnership Surrey, who will be creating 8 gardens, at locations across Surrey. The project aims to offer practical ways for residents to stay active and healthy, learn new skills, enjoy working and creating together in an inspirational and therapeutic way, whilst also incorporating educational opportunities through growing plants, vegetables and herbs. 

The Caterham Community Art Garden is a partnership between Tandridge Trust, Tandridge District Council and Arts Partnership Surrey, with funding from Surrey County Council Adult Social Care team, to promote independence and wellbeing of older people in the District, as part of a County wide initiative over the next 4 years. Tandridge Trust will work with other community partners in order to deliver the project successfully and create a sustainable, creative, community space for use now and into the future. Richmond Fellowship, who currently maintain all the borders within Queens Park, will take on the overseeing and day to day care of the garden, once it is created, supported by Tandridge District Council. The Fellowship’s service users, work with dedicated and highly skilled Horticulturists, employed by the Fellowship, and use gardening as a therapeutic tool, to manage and aid recovery for mental health issues. Service users get the chance to up their skill levels too by acquiring NVQs through the Fellowships gardening work.

Garden designer, Anita Smith, will now work on collating all the ideas gathered from the meeting and putting them into a plan ready to present back to the residents and partners at a further meeting in September. Following this work will begin at a series of pre-planned and advertised workshops. To register your interest, or for more information,  please contact arts@tandridgetrust.co.uk 

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Caterham’s Vitamin G Site Launch meeting

We are pleased to invite you to the Launch meeting of the Caterham Community Art Garden, full details are included in the attached flyer. Monday 21st July 2-5pm, Queens Park Pavilion, Queens Park Road, Caterham, CR3 5RB Please do share this with your colleagues, friends and family, or anyone else you think may be interested, everyone is welcome, whether from Caterham or the surrounding areas, we would love to see as many of you as there as possible. There will be an opportunity to talk with the garden designer, Anita Smith and community artist Ruth Wheeler, about the form the garden will take, we welcome input from all on this exciting project. It’s your community space, being created for you to enjoy. Please note that the location of the garden is different from that originally discussed, due to concerns raised by the community, it has been changed to a space within Queens Park, and will now be a restoration and development project of the former sensory garden space, next to the clock tower garden. Thanks to Tandridge Council Parks and Open spaces team for making it possible to have such a great space to work in and for all your other help with making this project possible. The Caterham Community Art Garden is a partnership between Tandridge Trust, Tandridge District Council and Arts Partnership Surrey, with funding from Surrey County Council Adult Social Care team, to promote independence and wellbeing of older people in the District, as part of a County wide initiative over the next 4 years. Tandridge Trust will work with other community partners in order to deliver the project successfully and create a sustainable, creative, community space for use now and into the future. I have attached a Press release also for information and sharing in your newsletters, parish magazines etc. please help us to reach as many people as possible and make them aware of this fantastic project. If anyone would like more information then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Lisa Phillips

Culture Activities Manager

Tel: 01883 724599

Email: lphillips@tandridgetrust.co.uk

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PDF: Vitamin G poster July 2014