Morden Hall Park Kitchen Community Garden

A group of smiling community kitchen volunteers standing behind a handmade palette fence

The Community Kitchen Garden at Morden Hall Park was started in 2017 by local people, for local people.

The vision came from a local person who suffers from anxiety and has experienced first-hand the benefits of getting outdoors and meeting new people. The kitchen garden provides a safe space that the community has ownership of; where they can learn new skills, meet like-minded people, and build confidence.

We run volunteer-led sessions that any local person can sign up to, no matter what their ability or experience is. The main aims of the programme are to improve the physical and mental health of local people by getting them outdoors and active in the garden and by removing barriers that have prevented them from getting involved in the past. The local people involved in the kitchen garden are an integral part of the wider team at Morden Hall Park, helping to look after our beautiful outdoor spaces and providing produce for our onsite café.

The garden has come a long way from the overgrown mess that was there before the programme started. We now have a polytunnel, some refurbished raised beds and two beds dug into the ground which means we are ready to grow lots of delicious produce for the Potting Shed Café this year.

Some of the tasks that need doing are general garden maintenance such as planting, watering, weeding and potting on. There are also some larger tasks that need doing to continually improve the space and make it accessible to more people.

Ways to get involved:

You can join a regular session as an individual or small group. Sessions run fortnightly on Tuesdays 2.30-4.30pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm. There is no cost for sessions, however you must register with us and sign up for every session you attend. You can sign up for an hour, or stay for both.

We have two volunteer roles in these sessions:

  • Kitchen Garden Maker: a lead role enabling groups/individuals from the local community to get involved and help improve their physical and mental health.
  • Community Sessions: this role is for individuals or groups that would benefit from attending sessions in the Community Kitchen Garden by getting outdoors and meeting new people

Coming  as a group:

Our kitchen garden is for everyone and we'll always welcome a new group who wants to get involved. If your group would like to come for a one-off visit or schedule a regular time to keep coming back to the garden then we can work with you to arrange this.

You will get some training from our team of National Trust gardeners the first time you visit and you can then use these skills to continue to look after the garden in a self-led group. We've created an easy to follow annual plan for the garden which groups of any ability can pick up at any time of year. There is no charge for group visits, however, booking is essential.

Latest updates

20 Aug 18

Community Kitchen Garden Open Day - 1 Sept 10am-2pm

Come along to our Morden Hall Park Community Kitchen Garden Open Day on 1 September 10am-2pm. Find out about what we do here and how it's all going.

GAP Urban Rangers clearing weeds

30 Jul 18

From community garden to cake

Courgettes grown in the Community Kitchen Garden and tended by our GAP Urban Rangers used in the Potting Shed Cafe's mouth-watering Courgette & Lime Cake.

Adam, Senior Food & Beverage Assistant, receives a courgette grown in the Community Kitchen Garden at Morden Hall Park from Hattie, Local Partnership Co-ordinator

03 Jul 18

Veg harvested

So far we have harvested radish, peas, carrots, turnips, salad, spring onion, and some courgettes. Lots of these things have gone to our café for Chef Marcia to make yummy dishes with.

 Newly harvested carrots, peas, turnips, courgette and spring onions