The new Cinderford Medical Centre opened in Autumn 2020. As well as a large car parking area ornamented with planted areas containing shrubs and a few areas of grass, a community gardening area was set up at the back of the surgery so the medical team can prescribe community gardening if they feel it appropriate for any of their patients.

The Community Gardening Project is open to anyone over 16 years of age who wants to join, you don’t have to be referred by your doctor. We have a great team of volunteers already working at the Centre. As well as maintaining the planted areas at the front of the centre, we are working on the back, originally provided with just 2 raised beds, to establish more food growing areas. With the full support of the surgery, we are planning to lift most of the shrubs there and replace them with veg beds, a fruit growing area, a space for herbs and for wild, bee friendly flowers.

If you’d like to join in please bring your own gloves and cup – we have a break mid-morning with a drink and, if we are lucky, some homemade cake. We will provide the tools, although we are a bit short of spades and forks.

To keep up to date with what we are doing, please visit our Facebook page, Down to Earth Cinderford: