A bit of history…

In 2011, all of this was just a disused piece of land and a seed in the minds of a few dedicated local folk. As a direct result of the views of local residents through public consultations, an agreement between NCC, Cantrell Primary School and BFG was formed, providing a whopping 20 year lease on the land!

A phased plan was developed, to include food growing and wildlife areas, a community orchard and outdoor kitchen.

In July 2012, BFG opened its gates for the first time, with local residents volunteering their time to transform the unused land into an area fit for growing fruit and vegetables.

Cantrell Primary School were provided with an access gate from their playground and offered exclusive use of the Community Garden on Tuesdays and Thursdays as an outdoor classroom.

The summer of 2012 saw the first of our Family Sessions, which were popular from the beginning, including free workshops such as building bird boxes, gardening skills, environmental crafts and healthy cooking.

From then, we have gone from strength to strength, becoming a charity and employing 3 workers to ensuring the projects sustainability.

What can you expect today?

Bulwell Forest Garden is open 4 days a week, with volunteering opportunities in gardening and wildlife conservation (or just as a lovely space to come and hang out!).

Our primary aim is to grow fruit and vegetables together as a community, and share it out.
If you volunteer with us, you’ll get to take some produce away for free.
If you don’t volunteer with us, you can give us a donation for seasonal produce which is advertised at the gate.

We provide regular family workshops during school holidays, offering environmental crafts, gardening and healthy cooking workshops, and adult learning courses spread out throughout the year. Check our events page for more info.

You can also sample our produce at our weekly Lunch Club during the summer, where we cook a 2 course vegetarian meal with freshly picked produce. See our Lunch Club section for more info and recipe ideas.

Health and wellbeing is the heart of everything we do at BFG, including weekly yoga sessions during the summer.

Meet the Team

BarbaraDevelopment Worker
Hi, I’m Barbara, the Development Worker at BFG. I’ve been involved in the Garden since it’s humble beginnings and am responsible for the fund raising, policy writing and event planning – which is probably just as well, as I’m the least green fingered one amongst us!
AdeleSeasonal Community Gardener
Hi my name is Adele. I am the seasonal community gardener and have been helping out on the garden since 2014. My job is to help the educational gardener with the day to day garden tasks, such has growing produce and teaching others how to grow. I also deliver nature based based activities during school holidays.
PaddyGarden Volunteer
Hi, I’m Paddy. I’ve been coming down to BFG since 2015 as a gardening volunteer, and more recently as a committee member, helping to make decisions on what goes on at the garden and how it develops. I really love getting stuck in to all the different things that goes on at the garden, and meeting new people who visit.
WendyActing Treasurer
Hi I’m Wendy, I’m the acting treasurer and look after the pennies. You can usually find me with the flowers in the sensory garden.
BillCommittee Member
I’m Bill, and I’m a committee member at Bulwell Forest Garden. I remember having a conversation with Barbara about starting a community garden way back in 2011! A lot has happened since then, and I’m very proud of everything that’s been achieved so far, and all the exciting things the Garden has in store for future generations.
Hi, I’m Joy, a volunteer for the past year. I make the jams and chutneys using freshly picked produce from the garden. You may have seen me helping out on the pizza oven or storytelling in the woods.
JoEducational Gardener
I’m Jo, the Educational Gardener at BFG. I work with volunteers and visitors to grow pesticide free produce and to develop the site as a haven for wildlife.
ReziLunch Club Guru
I’m Rezi, and I run Lunch Club which takes place every Friday. I have my own catering company – Good Mood Food, specialising in vegetarian and vegan food.
KarenChair Person
Hi, My name’s Karen. I’m the Chair person of the garden. I’m responsible for running the committee meetings and helping to steer the services and activities we deliver. I have volunteered at BFG since the gates opened, in 2012, helping with general garden duties and I also help out at the open days doing various activities. As a local Mum of 2, I really see the benefits of the Garden to the wellbeing of our kids.
Hello, I’m Robert, one of the founding members, the Secretary and unofficial Groundsman at Bulwell Forest Garden!
JillLunch Club Volunteer
I’m Jill. I’m a regular volunteer at Friday Lunch Club and also a Committee Member. My passion is making cakes from whatever is growing in the garden (not just fruit but dandelions, kale, herbs, parsnips, …!) and I usually run the Cafe at our community events.

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