The Gardens embody a holistic approach to health promotion which recognizes the long term beneficial impacts of community gardening through the opportunities they provide for physical activity, a relaxing and serene environment, healthy lifestyles, healthy eating, social inclusion, contact with the natural world and community building.
In practical terms this has meant that the gardens:
- Are not comprised of individual allotments, but are shared areas, which encourage
a) community building and community decision making
b) participatory design: members of the Gardens are encouraged to contribute their ideas to the development of the gardens, although all projects must be approved by the Steering Group
- Are a multi-use facility for: gardening, meeting space, learning space, relaxation areas, and opportunities for all age involvement
- Have a commitment to environmental sustainability, through organic growing, education, educational volunteer opportunities, and incorporating existing natural habitat into the development of the site.