Community gardening in Frome

The Growing Frome network has been created to link together all of our local projects and interest groups that are connected together by the common theme of nature and growing.

By communicating, sharing skills, knowledge and resources, working together where possible and celebrating our achievements we can become stronger and more resilient!

Members of the network will be invited to seasonal networking events (no doubt with extremely delicious food to share together) and to use the Growing Frome website as an online community to share projects, events, news, campaigns, volunteering opportunities, information, resources and courses!

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Frome Community Gardens Group has been set up with the help of the Frome Development Community Interest Company, to take forward plans for community growing of all kinds, and in particular, to set up new community gardens in Frome.There are two places in town that we think may be suitable, including the old Showfield, and we are now putting together some rough plans. We will then get the public to tell us what they think, and to offer any suggestions they want to make.

The group is also there to support other community gardens, such as those at Ecos Court and The Key Centre, Frome.

What is a community garden?

A community garden can be many different things, depending on the community that runs it. Generally, much of the garden will be designed for growing food, but there might be all kinds of other things going on too - perhaps ponds, orchards, nut trees, forest areas, contemplative areas, willow sculptures or composting. The garden might have beds that are rented out to families and individuals, but might also have areas that people tend together (like communal herbs beds), or look after as a group (like an area for students, or a parents’ / Dads’ group). And hopefully, there will be a place for people to make tea and have a chat, as gardening can be a sociable experience.

What do you want in a garden?

We now want to know what you would like to see in a community garden on the showfield. You can tell us what you think by emailing

Some of the ideas that people have put forward for a community garden include:

  • vegetable beds for people to rent
  • vegetable beds to share
  • communal herbs and fruit bushes
  • bee and butterfly friendly plants
  • a compost heap
  • benches
  • a space for events
  • a pond
  • artworks
F.R.O.G.S. Wildlife event

Did you see us at the F.R.O.G.S. Wildlife Roadshow? Lots of children created their ideal vegetable bed, and they were packed with good things to eat. See them here.

Portway Church Garden (Kemps Garden)

There is also a proposal to turn the garden behind the Methodist church into a community garden, with an emphasis on vegetable beds, to provide growing areas for people living in the area. The initial draft design is provided below.

RF-P-021-Portway Church Community Garden

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