Visit to the Rainbow Garden
A group of us went along on 19 May 2011 for a tour of the Rainbow Community Garden. It’s a really special place, which has received various Hull in Bloom Awards, including Best Contribution to Wildlife, and Best Community Group Awards.
It’s been developed on a small triangle of land, surrounded by houses. After 14 years it has a really well-established feel, with a long willow arch that has matured beautifully. The edges of the space are wildlife havens with trees, shrubs and structures signed to encourage wildlife, such as a newly developed ‘bug hotel’ made from palettes. The central paved area has three large brick-built raised beds, planted with a variety of produce and surrounded by pots and containers also bursting with plants. Lots of the pots have been painted bright colours, and there are colourful art work features that you spot as you go round.
What’s so impressive is that all this has been created with volunteers, although happily there is now someone employed part-time. The project was initiated and is run by Jeannie Webster, who has worked with a variety of volunteers over the years to develop this wonderful space. Jeannie talked to us about the problems she’d met and their solutions, all valuable information given that we are starting to develop a modest plot of our own.
The Rainbow Garden is at the end of Levisham Close, which is near the junction of Hall Road with Endike Lane, postcode HU6 8AB. If you would like to visit, we can provide Jeannie’s contact details if you send us a request via our contact page.