Gardening experts join Hatfield Galleria project

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 September 2011

Lesley Maskell, Peter Lowe, Ruth Waters, Stephen Waters, Mike Fenton and Peter Hodges at the Galleria's learning garden

Lesley Maskell, Peter Lowe, Ruth Waters, Stephen Waters, Mike Fenton and Peter Hodges at the Galleria's learning garden


A CRACK team of gardening experts have been signed up to share their knowledge with visitors to a community garden project which is open to all.

The panel, comprising of botanists, an arboriculturalist, horticulturalists and nurserymen, will be available throughout autumn to help community groups, charities and schools get the most out of their visit to the free facility at the Galleria in Hatfield.

The shopping centre’s learning garden is an exciting new community venture. More than 5,000sq ft of the Galleria’s car park has been transformed into a living and breathing space, complete with vegetable and herb plots, wild flower, herbaceous and perennial beds, as well as established trees and shrubs.

Galleria director Tim Stirling said: “We’re thrilled to be able to offer the community access to such a distinguished panel of gardening experts.

“I’m sure their knowledge and skills are going to be in great demand, so I’d advise groups to book early by emailing the Galleria Learning Garden team.”

The specialists include:

* Reimar Faust – horticulturalist.

* James Covenant – arboriculturalist.

* Stephen and Ruth Waters – botanists and wild flower specialists.

* Richard Henn – from the Dutch Nursery.

* Peter Lowe, Peter Hodges and Lesley Mascall – gardening qualification trainers.

Botanist Mr Waters, from Chantry Lane, Hatfield, told the WHT: “This garden will give people the chance to see what they might see on a country walk, but here they’ll have the resources to learn much more about them too.”

A spokeswoman said: “The Galleria Learning Garden team would love to hear from any schools, charities, voluntary organisations or community groups who could benefit from using the garden.”

Individuals or families are also welcome to become part of the volunteering team to help maintain the garden, from watering to weeding, and planting.

* To get involved or use the facility email or call 01707 256860.

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