Happy New Year!author: Showground Gardener
For me, for the first time in a long time, this New Year really does feel like the start of something. 2017 has been a year of mixed fortunes and blessings. Constant delays with planning and construction on Clay Farm Community Garden (CFCG) and contractual delays with The Public SHED (the latest iteration of the Habitorials project), have been really frustrating. At times, it’s felt like all the plans I made, and then re-made, were sabotaged and much of the time and hard work I put in came to nothing. On the plus side, I had some much needed time to work in my own garden and studio.
2018 is going to be a busy year. Like many of the other public areas on and around the new Cambridge Southern Fringe developments, the community garden and The Public SHED are a year behind schedule. It’s going to take a huge effort on everyone’s part to get the land, the CFCG Group and The Public SHED, off the ground. I’m excited by the idea of our community coming together to create a garden space that could become so much more than that. As an artist, I will be using my skills and experience to explore this new territory in imaginative and productive ways that the developers and landscape architects believe will bind this land and its people together forever. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing about how I might to do it, in the hope that I can tempt my friends and neighbours in Trumpington to get involved.