THE University of Buckingham will become the home of the town’s new community herb garden.
Earlier his year the Buckingham Transition Towns Group started looking for volunteers to help cultivate the garden while they searched for a location.
Although the precise spot is yet to be decided the university and its head gardener have given the thumbs up and have several locations in mind. The aim for local people to tend the garden and the plants will be non-toxic and non-allergenic and chosen in consultation with a trained herbalist. Work is due to start on the borders in the coming months.
Nigel Adams, programme director of BSc business enterprise at the university is also a member of the Green Buckingham Group, and helped promote the idea with the institution.
He said: “I was very pleased to help it get to the point where it could be developed. I think it is good for the university to be working with the community and I think Transition Town’s idea of looking at sustainability from a local angle is good.”
In June Louise Smith of Buckingham Transition said she hoped the garden would become a peaceful place where people can take time to relax and revitalise themselves in the re-energising atmosphere created by the herbs.
She said: “Imagine walking on a chamomile lawn, sitting amongst the herbs that are associated with your needs or just chatting with a friend whilst insects buzz around the healing plants. We also see it as a place where gardening, herbal and vegetable growing talks can be held and a community space for poetry and story telling.
“We are in discussion with regards to a potential place for the herb garden and are now looking for people who would like to help shape the vision of the garden and bring it to fruition.”
Transition Towns is a movement which aims to build resilience against rising fuel prices, peak oil, and climate change with a close emphasis on the principles of peramaculture.
Anyone interested in helping with the Buckingham Herb Garden can contact Louise Smith on 07828860104 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.