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Here is a gallery of pictures showing the development of Wharton Park's community garden. Click on any image to view a larger version of the photo and its caption. Navigate by clicking on the left or right arrows.

There has been a formal park on this site since 1857. Following a major £3m restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund and Durham County Council, Wharton Park is now flourishing and thriving once more.

Among other things, the Friends of Wharton Park have been involved in creating a garden for the community within the park as part of the wider regeneration scheme. Today, the park's colour and diversity are promoted through the range of vibrant planting in the Community Garden as much as by activities and events in the wider park in general.

A dedicated team of volunteers cares for the Community Garden which stands on the site of the old park keeper's cottage. The team ensures that the garden has year-round interest and colour. It is now a welcoming space where visitors can wander freely or just sit and admire the planting. And our resident scarecrow, who changes outfits according to the season, always offers a friendly smile too!

As fruit and vegetables ripen for harvesting, we send notification via social media, offering members of the public an opportunity to acquire young plants or fresh garden produce. All we ask is a donation via the metal collection box attached to the shed which, for security reasons, is emptied each day. Any donations help us to continue developing the Community Garden for the enjoyment of all.

Apart from a wide range of plants, we have been able to purchase: a composter; a water butt; troughs and tubs for bulbs and flowers; and a small greenhouse for growing young plants/seedlings. We have successfully laid a new path through the centre of the garden and provided extra seating.

Our most exciting project this year was working with a mosaic artist to make a new wall-mounted mosaic to replace our much-loved floor mosaic which unfortunately did not withstand the weather. We have kept to the original design and the new mosaic is now mounted on the wall in the garden for all to enjoy. We have kept many of the old mosaic tiles and hope to plan some mosaic workshops.

Other future plans include:

  • A propagation programme
  • More varied planting and labelling to inform our visitors
  • More eco-friendly approaches such as a living roof for our shed.

If you would like to join our email group and be involved with discussions on progress and events, please send an email either to our Vice Chair, Barbara Parkin or to:

friendsofwhartonpark@outlook.com.