Chrissi Martin, Projects Coordinator, and several Stream Walk volunteers were interviewed about the garden and how horticulture can help people back into employment.
The garden is run in partnership by Kent Enterprise Trust (KET), Transition Town Whitstable (TTW) and East Kent Voluntary Action Support (EKVAS).
Mirelle Frost, Director, KET said “We are extremely proud to be selected by Radio 4 Gardeners Question Time in recognition of the partnership work, volunteers and work placement students to improve this community asset for the benefit of the people living and around Whitstable, whilst teaching people about horticulture and food production while gaining practical experience.”
Tom Harvey, who volunteered with KET and supervised one of our gardening projects in 2012, has since established his own successful gardening business, Harvey Woods Gardening with four staff, three of whom volunteered on KET projects for up to four years. Tom said “Having worked with a number of volunteers in 2012, we’re really lucky to have a great team of gardeners, most of whom I met through Streamwalk and other KET projects”
The BBC crew with celebrity gardeners, Bob Flowerdew and Matthews Wilson, came to the garden to record a feature for part of the GQT programme and spent over an hour enjoying the garden and sharing tea, coffee and tales of gardening highlights and lowlights in Kent. After a guided tour the BBC team also offered advice on how to further improve the community garden; Bob Flowerdew noted that the sweetcorn planting was too close and suggested that the plants should be 2 foot apart.
Tune into Radio 4 on Friday 5 September at 3pm to hear Gardeners’ Question Time where Stream Walk Community Garden gets its first mention from a question to the panel by Alan Bainbridge from TTW. He wanted to know what to plant on a clay mound, that looks like a dragon, which would be both wildlife friendly and resilient to children playing on it. The main feature about Stream Walk Community Garden, including the interviews with volunteers, will be on Friday 10 October at 3pm and repeated on Sunday 12 October at 2pm.