Stream Walk is a positive and creative community space where groups and individuals can practise, participate and learn about gardening and other related activities.
Stream Walk Community Garden is a safe and inclusive environment for all adults and children who use it.
We run weekly volunteer groups that carry out gardening, we have a group for families and run woodworking sessions in the Bodgers Hut. We also run the tea shed for refreshments, but our main purpose is to engage members of the community in garden activities and provide the facilities to do this.
We have several vegetable and fruit growing areas, wildlife plants, a pond, flower beds, hedges and a polytunnel for growing tender plants.
Our group members benefit from attending the Community Garden by learning about gardening or wood working skills, getting some fresh air and exercise and strengthening links in the community by volunteering together.
We run workshops and educational support groups and are available for private-hire events.
Stream Walk is a charity and we carry out fund raising activities and gain some small grants for the upkeep and development of the garden facilities. We are also supported by local people and businesses that make small donations by monthly standing order.
If you would like to make a regular donation please ask us for our bank details.
Meet the team:
I’m Jules, garden and development lead and have been involved with Stream Walk since 2019. My passion lies in inclusion and sustainable, environmental, horticultural practices and this is the thread that lies through everything we do here.
I’ve always been involved in community gardening and started my career with a degree in environmental science. More recently I was one of the founders of the Windmill Community Garden in Margate and worked there as general manager and team leader for 15 years. I’ve also got a background in commercial organic veg growing and have set up a number of veg box schemes. I’ve also been involved in community development work and social care.
I love teaching and sharing my knowledge and passion about food growing, climate change gardening and biodiversity and how these all link people together.
My approach to my work is eclectic and draws on my background and experience in permaculture, organics, biodynamics and regenerative growing practices.
Veronica (Vee) Wheatley
I’ve had a long career working in HR and Organisational Development in multinational businesses. My primary love, however, has always been in Learning & Development and coaching individuals and teams to help them thrive. The pull of the outdoors and away from office life, and my love for nature led me to running my own part – time consultancy in order to achieve greater life balance that is so important to me.
I feel myself energised in every aspect of my involvement with Stream Walk, particularly in enabling volunteers, participants and visitors alike to enjoy the gardens for what they are – a safe and supportive space where people can grow and develop and simply be themselves.
In my other life, I am a keen gardener and grandmother and have joined the ranks of sea swimmers – but only when the sun is out!
Tudor Spencer is our Treasurer. An accountant by training he spent his career working in business and then as a university lecturer. Now retired, he prepares our accounts, crunches the numbers for funding bids and prepares financial plans. Outside of the garden, he is a bereavement volunteer for Cruse.
Jo Tonkin was a founding Trustee of Stream Walk Trust. She is a registered Public Health professional and a qualified Youth and Community Worker with over 25 year experience of leading programs in local and national government, the voluntary sector and academia.
She has facilitated, managed, and taught community development. Advised community groups and designed, developed, and evaluated large and complex programs of health improvement and health promotion. She has managed large commissioning budgets and procured and monitored services.
Her areas of interest are child and adolescent public health, public mental health, and place based approaches to health improvement .
Get in touch:
Let us know if you’d like to find more about Stream Walk Trust Community Garden, our activities and events and volunteering opportunities.
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