Who we are:
The Community Kitchen Garden is a group of local people, individuals and families from Lynsted and surrounding villages, who grow their own produce together. We are based in a lovely field in Lynsted.
What we do:
We grow vegetables, herbs, fruit and cut flowers together. This collaborative food growing project was set up in 2021 and is also learning to make its own compost, harvest rainwater, keep bees and much more. We follow the ‘No Dig’ approach with the aim of improving soil health, reducing carbon emissions and increasing biodiversity. Sustainability and community are at the heart of all that we do.
If you are interested in joining us or coming along to one of our free event days:
Open days focused around seasonally-relevant, practical gardening. Lots of opportunity to get involved, ask questions, learn about ‘No Dig’ and so much more.
- Sunday August 7th 2022 10.30 - 14.30
TBC Sept 2022 - Herbfest: a wellbeing day dedicated to growing & cooking with herbs
Park Farm Community Cherry Orchard is one of the few remaining traditional cherry orchards in the area, where tall stately trees can be seen with sheep grazing beneath. It is part of a working farm owned by Mr & Mrs P Neaves in the heart of the old prime cherry growing belt.
Around fourteen different varieties of sweet cherry grow in the orchard, (producing fruit from June to early August), with wonderful old fashioned names such as Napoleon Bigarreau, Amber, Florence, Bradbourne Black, Merton Glory, Noir de Guben and Early Rivers. The name often tells you something about the cherry. For example, Noir de Guben is a black cherry bred by a Herr Groth in Guben, Germany.
The Park Farm Community Cherry Orchard Group was set up to organise events and activities in the orchard to celebrate the local history of traditional cherry growing and the wildlife associated with the orchard habitat.
Regular events have included Blossom Day in April, Cherry Day in July and a Halloween party in October. We have also enjoyed early morning dawn chorus walks, bat and moth monitoring, fungi forays and much more.
What we do:
- Invite guest speakers on subjects of local interest;
- Arrange visits to places of local and general interest to our Members;
- Arrange social events to publicise the Society and encourage new membership;
- Research and record the Parish's heritage and natural history;
- Share archived research and material with the public;
- Display examples from our archives;
- Respond to queries about the heritage and natural history of the Parish.
- Single Annual Membership £12/Double Annual Membership £20.
Saturday 9 July. Cherry Day at the Lynsted Cherry Orchard, Park Farm. The event will run from 1pm to 5pm.
Wednesday 5 October. AGM followed by illustrated talk by Russell Miles, local naturalist and wildlife photographer. AGM is at 7.30pm and talk at 8pm.
Saturday 29 October. Halloween party at the Lynsted Cherry Orchard, Park Farm. The event will run from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
For further information, please go to www.lynsted-society.co.uk or contact:
phone: 01795 886387