Gleadless Valley is one of the poorest and most deprived areas of Sheffield. Gleadless Valley Methodist Church is the prominent faith organisation in the area and a leading deliver of community services. The church hosts the weekly Gleadless Valley Foodbank (established in and sustained since 2012), youth clubs and older peoples activities and works with partners on many other community projects and services.
In May 2015, with the support of church and other local volunteers and Heeley City Farm and with funding from the Big Lottery, a food-growing garden was created on unused land surrounding the church.
Heeley City Farm employ a Local Food Grower to run weekly sessions in the garden, supporting local volunteers and other participants to cultivate the garden. The gardening sessions take place at the same time as the Gleadless Valley Foodbank is open in the church building. The garden and has been regularly featured in the local press and other media and in 2018 won a Yorkshire in Bloom award. It won and has retained to date the Green Flag Community Award from 2020.
In April 2019 local people set up the Friends of Gleadless Valley Methodist Church Community Garden (FGVMCCG) to support the Gleadless Valley Methodist Church Community Garden project.
Facilities: Volunteering, Play activities, Holiday activities, Wildlife area
Open to the public?Yes
Open to the public - details: Open access
Open access, but staff and volunteers run weekly sessions on Fridays
Gleadless Valley Methodist Church Community Garden, 153 Blackstock Rd, Sheffield S14 1FX
Why not pay us a visit?
• Walking – the garden is situated around Gleadless Valley Methodist Church. There is open access and we run supervised volunteer sessions on Friday
• By Bus – buses pass the garden. Information on trams and buses is available from the South Yorkshire Traveline 01709 515151.
• By Train - the garden is approx. 2 miles from Sheffield Train Station. Visitors arriving by train can either travel onwards to the park by foot, bus or taxi.
• By Car – there is car parking on the adjacent roads or in the car park of the John O Gaunt pub opposite
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