Wakefield, United Kingdom
City population: 330254
Duration: 2015 – ongoing
Implementation status: Ongoing
Scale: Sub-microscale: Street scale (including buildings)
Project area: unknown
Type of area: Residental
Last updated: October 2021

Appletree is an outdoor community resource, where people of all ages and from all walks of life, get together to grow e.g. fruit, and contribute to developing and maintaining the area. The growing space and garden are divided into different areas, offering a range of gardening experience. The community also contributes to their permaculture, wildlife and wildflower areas. The community is constantly planting and regenerating areas of the garden. (Ref. 1)

Appletree Allotment and Community Garden (2017)
Sharon Darwell, retrieved 08/18/2018

Overview

Nature-based solution

  • Community gardens and allotments
  • Allotments
  • Community gardens

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Environmental education
  • Social justice and equity
  • Social cohesion
  • Social interaction
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Enabling physical activity
  • Improving physical health
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation
  • Cultural heritage and cultural diversity
  • Promotion of cultural diversity
  • Sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12)
  • Sustainable production

Focus

Creation of new green areas, Knowledge creation and awareness raising, Other

Project objectives

As part of the City's 'Health and Wellbeing board', the overall mission for Appletree allotment and community garden is improving health and wellbeing for people in Wakefield. (Ref. 3) The Appletree community offers e.g. gardening experience (which includes contributing to permaculture, wildlife and wildflower areas). (Ref. 1)

Implementation activities

Mainly work on organic principals (the fruit and vegetables are pesticide free). Trying to foster an environmentally friendly ethos and take care of the wildlife on site (e.g. through creating and insect house and a hedgehog home made by one of the volunteers). (Ref. 5) Offers community harvest, basic gardening courses, run special projects with school (to involve schoolchildren in creative activities with natural materials), and has major projects with local businesses throughout the year. (Ref. 1) Also, “there are lots of allotment based activities available from weeding the raised beds (there's also hardstanding between the raised beds to allow wheelchair access), planting, potting up, harvesting etc to more physical challenges such as digging and clearing.” (Ref. 2) Their homepage states " ​​ We’re an outdoor community garden in Agbrigg, Wakefield, offering a spacious and vibrant place for people of all ages and walks of life to come together, to be outdoors, and to grow and enjoy organic fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. Appletree is open to everyone, whether you’d like to learn new skills or share existing ones, meet new people, or simply enjoy being out of doors in an emotionally uplifting and friendly green garden space." (Ref 11)

Main beneficiaries

  • Citizens or community groups
  • Marginalized groups: People with functional diversities
  • Food producers and cultivators (i.e. farmers, gardeners)
  • Young people and children
  • Other

Governance

Management set-up

  • Co-governance with government and non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Local government/municipality

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Dissemination of information and education
  • Joint implementation (e.g. tree planting)
  • Co-management/Joint management
  • Citizen oversight (e.g. boards, advisory)

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

Appletrees allotment and community garden is a governmental organization (and allotment committee), where Wakefield Council’s Street Scene Services is responsible for the management of allotments. (Ref. 4, 2) The organization includes citizens, volunteers and corporates with e.g. local schools and businesses in projects. (Ref. 1, 2)

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Yes (The Health and Social Care Act (through the Wakefield Health and Wellbeing Board). Appletree Allotment and community garden is part of this (created by the "staff within the Health Improvement team at Wakefield Council"). (Ref. 3, 2) )
... a local policy or strategy? Yes (The Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Wakefield 2013-2016 (Ref 3))

Financing

Total cost

Unknown

Source(s) of funding

  • Public local authority budget
  • Other

Type of funding

  • Donations
  • Membership fees
  • Other

Non-financial contribution

Type of non-financial contribution
  • Provision of labour
  • Exchange of services
Who provided the non-financial contribution?
  • Citizens (e.g. volunteering)

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Climate, energy and emissions
  • Strengthened capacity to address climate hazards/natural disasters
  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area
  • Increased number of species present

Economic impacts

  • Increase in agricultural production (for profit or not)
  • Generation of income from NBS

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Improved social cohesion
  • Increased access to healthy/affordable food
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Improved physical health
  • Improved mental health
  • Gain in activities for recreation and exercise
  • Cultural heritage and sense of place
  • Promotion of cultural diversity
  • Improvement in people’s connection to nature
  • Increased awareness of flora and fauna as culturally and historically meaningful
  • Increased appreciation for natural spaces
  • Education
  • Increased support for education and scientific research
  • Increased knowledge of locals about local nature
  • Increased awareness of NBS and their benefits
  • Other

Type of reported impacts

Expected impacts, Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system

Unknown

Presence of indicators used in reporting

No evidence in public records

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No evidence in public records

References

Appletree Allotment and Community Garden
Sharon Darwell, retrieved 08/18/2018
Community Meal at the Appletree Allotment and Community Garden (2016)
Sharon Darwell, retrieved 08/18/2018