The Grazing Garden, Kennet & Avon Canal

Local food and good mental health are produced at Bradford on Avon by a new initiative on the Kennet & Avon Canal.

A flower by the side of the road in Camden A flower on the canal

A scrubby patch of land has been transformed into a community garden with fruit trees and a bank of wildflowers that will attract bees.

The site is one of several community gardens being created along the Kennet & Avon Canal under the Community Gardens Project, which is being run in partnership with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (WWT). Other sites include Diamond Jubilee Wood next to Caen Hill Lock Flight in Devizes, Pewsey Wharf and Great Bedwyn.

We thought we would use it for fruit trees so that canal users and local residents could pick an apple or chomp on a cherry when they visit the waterway.

Caroline Robson, development & engagement manager

Caroline says 'for that reason, we are calling it a grazing garden'.

The garden aims to connect vulnerable and marginalised young people with local nature. So far, apple, pear, plum and cherry trees have been planted and a hedge of currants will be added.

At Jubilee Wood one of the gardens has already been planted with a small orchard of traditional variety fruits and raised beds full of herbs.

"The gardens are a great way to link the community to local food and encouraging people to get involved with nature. By using heritage fruit species, we are, in a small way, helping their survival, as well as providing space for wildlife," says Caroline.