A popular outdoor attraction has revealed plans to reopen to the public in the summer – after the land was sold to Coventry University.
The Ryton Organic Gardens closed before the pandemic following the sale, though it was confirmed that they would eventually reopen to Garden Organic charity members following the completion of a new demonstration garden.
It has now been confirmed that this summer will see the new attraction open and they are set to host a number of activity days and courses for visitors.
Courses already announced include ‘The Biodiverse Garden’, ‘The Climate Change Garden’ and ‘Organic Pest Control’, with more information on these available online.
According to leading figures at Garden Organic, the recent series of lockdowns saw a spike in demand for gardening and home-based plant care.
And, with hope that the world is returning to some kind of normality, the charity has revealed plans to support new gardeners, in a bid to help people keep to their new habits.
Ahead of their reopening, a series of virtual events are being held to help novice gardeners.
The events have been described as “affordable online webinars to demystify some of the most common questions, with virtual classes on everything from the principles of organic growing and how to plan your growing plot to encouraging wildlife and growing your own organic winter veg”.
It has been confirmed that online webinars are typically two-and-a-half hours long and cost £25 for members of the charity and £35 for non-members.
The in-person events at the Ryton Gardens are said to be around three hours long, and while they cost £50 for members, and £70 for non-members, it also includes a tour of the new garden.
What has been said about the latest developments?
Emma O’Neill, head gardener at Garden Organic, said; “We’ve been absolutely thrilled to see the nation getting giddy about gardening during lockdown and our hope is that this new collective enthusiasm for growing will continue long into the future.
“Although it’s sad that we’ve not been able to meet people face to face in recent months to run workshops, we’re delighted that we can support more gardeners than ever by opening up our expertise to online learners.
“Based on what we know gardeners are most keen to learn about, we have put together a great programme of webinars suitable for all ages and levels of expertise. What’s fantastic is that we can meet people from anywhere in the country or even the world who share our love of gardening.
“During these incredibly challenging times, it’s really warmed our hearts to hear how gardening has helped people to cope or given them a focus. We’ve been working hard getting our new demonstration garden ready for its summer opening and can’t wait to welcome budding organic growers to our in-person masterclasses and skills sessions later in the year.
“Nothing beats sharing our passion for organic growing face to face, with our fingers in the soil and a soundtrack of buzzing wildlife.”