We took over the garden from the Guides late 2014 with the intention of making it the WI Centenary Garden in 2015, celebrating 100 years since the WI started. We purchased three centenary rose bushes to go in the garden, but only two have survived. A fellow WI member, Brenda, helped to get the garden started but she moved to Ashby and I have tended it on my own since. An ex-mayor did the official opening for the garden with drinks and cakes laid on.
It has not been without its challenges. The flower bed's position is far from perfect, with two Hornbeam trees hovering over it, trapping the sunlight and moisture. At some point in the future it is hoped that some of the overhanging branches may be able to be lopped back. There is no access to water close by and this does cause a problem, however, solutions such as installing water barrels close by are to be looked at by the Parish Council, and this would help significantly.
The garden is looking quite established now. Some plants have not survived so I have had to do a bit of research to find ones that like the conditions. We have a small herb patch and one or two people walking by have asked if it is ok to pick some, which is fine. The recent rain has been a bonus!