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The Huntingdonshire Community (plant) Nursery: gets listed as a “Community Asset”.

June 27, 2014 12:25 PM

The Huntingdonshire Community (plant) Nursery: gets listed as a "Community Asset".

The Huntingdonshire Community Nursery is located on Park Lane in Godmanchester. Its a large space tucked behind a row of houses and covering a number of acres up to the boundary created by the A14. It has beehives, a nuttery (a collection of nut trees, if you like me, didn't know!), poly tunnels, a vegetable garden and parterre, a drought garden, compost heaps and wood stores, and an orchard as well as a pollen garden and meadow areas for insects. This important resource doesn't just provide trees and plants for the District, its a place: for volunteers to meet; for those who like to garden to practice and share their skills; for us to learn about bees in the active hives there; somewhere to lear about the nature and the countryside; and its a place to find out about native species, like the orchard of Cambridgeshire apple varieties. For some its where they 'work' (in a paid or voluntary capacity) and for all its a calm space in which to recharge, share and feel part of a wider community. It also serves as an alternative space for school pupils and young adults in which to learn. And its won a number of awards recognising the valuable work it does. So, you might be surprised to hear after all of this is under threat, like all the District's assets, it may be needed to balance HDC's budget. The District Council's decision this week to agree to list it as a "Community Asset" will give those who support the Nursery, including Godmanchester Town Council, time to think about how they may work to retain it as future community asset should it ever come up for sale. If you haven't been to visit, or buy garden plants there, then you should: they are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9am to 1pm. (Huntingdonshire Community Nursery, Rear of no.25 Park Lane, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, PE29 2AG)