The Garden

The garden at Threshold is basically in two parts: the first comprises all the ornamental gardens around the houses and the parking area. In the middle of this part is a triangle of lawn with a water feature where we often gather with our recliners on sunny afternoons, or where we might enjoy an evening sitting around a fire bowl or having a barbecue. The lawn is also a great place for various celebrations throughout the year such as at the Solstice or our Spring frolic around a maypole or for a birthday party in clement weather.

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The second part of the garden is our veg-and-fruit-growing area across the road; this is a fenced-off acre of former pasture rented from a neighbouring farmer. Here, the lower third is the veg garden, including two large polytunnels; the rest is an orchard with apple, pear, cherry and plum trees and many fruit bushes, a compost loo, some sitting area, a small pond, a peace pole surrounded by a small meditation maze of bricks, a bonfire corner, and a willow bower. Currently there is also a plan to house a few chickens in the orchard.

Unfortunately, the food garden is on heavy clay which gets waterlogged for the whole of winter. So wellies are an essential item at that time of year and not much work can be done there except harvesting winter veg or perhaps pruning fruit trees. However, the garden dries up for the main growing season from April to October, and then it is a very beautiful place to work or relax in.

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All produce from the garden is grown for the whole community to use. This can be for specific communal meals or for any member's own personal use. As far as the work goes, we have a Garden Work Group, which anyone who wishes can join. Individuals or small teams can can take on the responsibility of looking after specific beds and growing certain crops of their choice, and they will usually have first pick of the produce from their efforts!

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We also have some Garden Work Days or Weekends during the year when visitors can come and give a hand and join in with the whole Threshold experience. On these occasions we can get teams to complete some of the larger and more daunting jobs that are in the pipeline in the gardens. Communal meals are provided on these occasions and also accommodation for visitors at the Garden Work Weekends. These events are always great fun and are highly recommended for anyone interested...

 
 

Gardening Weekends

Why not come and join us on one of our Gardening Weekends?  It's a great opportunity to experience the cohousing lifestyle and to work with us and get to know us, if you're thinking you might like to come and live here.  And even if you're not, it's a lovely place here and you'll meet interesting like-minded people and have a fun weekend - it's not all work!  In exchange for your help, we provide evening meals on Friday and Saturday, lunch, tea, coffee, cake etc., (though we do ask for a £50 donation towards food), and of course accommodation.   You can stay in our beautiful yurt, or in our farmhouse, or bring a tent if the weather's ok.  And don't worry if gardening's not your thing, or you're not up for physical work, we can always find you something to do.

Gardening/Work Weekends 2018
Gardening Weekend
17/18th February 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Visitors are invited to arrive on Friday evening in time for dinner at 7 p.m. and leave after lunch on Sunday. All food and accommodation provided (Donation of £50 requested for the weekend to cover costs).

Community Work / Fun Day
22nd April 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Work morning, bring & share lunch, fun afternoon.

Gardening Weekend
23/24th June 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Visitors are invited to arrive on Friday evening in time for dinner at 7 p.m. and leave after lunch on Sunday. All food and accommodation provided (Donation of £50 requested for the weekend to cover costs).

Community Work / Fun Day
22nd July 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Work morning, bring & share lunch, fun afternoon.

Gardening Weekend
20/21st October 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Visitors are invited to arrive on Friday evening in time for dinner at 7 p.m. and leave after lunch on Sunday. All food and accommodation provided (Donation of £50 requested for the weekend to cover costs).

Community Work / Fun Day
25th November 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Work morning, bring & share lunch, fun afternoon.

Please contact the office to find out more and to arrange visiting on one of our Gardening Weekends.

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