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Treads Community Garden project is officially underway with the preparation of the first planting beds, purpose built for an individual that had sustained a brain injury and found it difficult to interact with people. Utilising recycled telegraph poles for the border edging, compost dug in, it is now ready for the planting season, a fantastic achievement.

The next phase was the ground breaking for the raised plant bed area, removal of turf & topsoil and laying recycled base material that came from the old Motorola building. Tracks & tyres recycled from construction industry machinery were used for the raised beds, each one of the large tracks take over two tons of earth to fill. The tyres are ideal as these vary in height which help people with differing reach abilities.

The project uses recycled waste material such as newspapers, card, stable waste, food, wood and green waste material which is distributed into a worm farm. Virtually any organic waste material can be used, which the worms work on and produce worm casts, which when blended results in high quality compost for use with planting. This end product is utilised within the raised bedding area and as compost grow bags, lawn dressing etc, can be donated to local people on low incomes .

Within the raised bed area we utilise old used tyres and tracks which are all manageable for individuals with disabilities and are used as planters, edging etc for the growing of fruit plants, herbs and vegetables. The seeds are planted in position or within a potting shed and grown until they can be planted out. These are then planted within the raised bedding area in the tyre planters and grown up frames in the case of runners and climbers etc.

With the benefits of learning, physical enjoyable exercise and getting closer to nature, being out of the hustle of the town, and producing something edible from a seed is rewarding enough. This also has the added benefits of being as ecologically friendly as possible.

Treads is Getting there, now the flowers and plants are starting to get established makes all the difference, you can now see all the hard work starting to pay off. The next growing season will be exciting times, we hope you will enjoy your time spent with us and meet new friends.


  • To create a Community Garden from recycled materials.
  • To encourage people with learning, physical and mental disabilities to take an active role in gardening.
  • To use recycled material wherever possible.
  • welcome people who feel isolated in the community.
  • Actively promote individuals confidence & well being.