Communal Gardens

Maldon in Bloom Promenade Park

Development of Promenade Park

Promenade Park has undergone a major redevelopment over the last four years. Now completed, the liveability project has enabled extensive improvements to be made to facilities including a new ornamental lake, seawall promenade, model boating lake, surfaced paths for the disabled and improvements to children’s play area

A new skateboard park has been opened and work continues on a BMX track, opened in the summer, both were designed with help from local skateboarders and BMX-ers .New hard car parking areas have been developed which ensures winter park users are able to park easily.

A new information point, which is located in the centre of the park, provides details on activities and events around the park as well as displays and exhibitions of local interest. A new Petanque court has also been designed and built by the U3A and is one of only two in the Maldon District.

Students from Plume School have been working with parks staff on a number of projects during the winter months including the construction of a newt hibernacula in the Delph Ditch wildlife area. These features, constructed from recycled logs and stone, are used as over-wintering quarters for newts and many other creatures. The students have also built and installed about twenty five bird nest boxes, one group designed and built a heron sculpture which was installed near ornamental lake and this year a great white shark has been designed and built by Plume students of the same age group.

Newnham Green

A Peverel managed retirement estate of 25 bungalows and 16 flats built in 1988.the leasehold properties are privately owned and the estate is for retired people. The resident gardeners shown in the picture range in age from 61 to 95. The residents are very social bunch and all enjoy gardening together in the communal garden and are very proud of their estate and their gardens. Communal activities each month include two pub outings, a lunch in the communal lounge cooked by one of the residents, and entertainment or cinema, coffee mornings, birthday tea and a sing along every Saturday with a resident organist.

Coopers Court

Is a development of 56 one and two bedroom retirement apartments located on Spital Road built in 2007. the residents are very proud of their beautiful communal garden and each plant and maintain their own patio area. The residents are  aged between 65 to 98 years old.

Berridge house

Managed by Maldon Housing Association and is a development of 21 retirement flat. The gardens are maintained by the residents with help from the local volunteers.

Cherry Trees Therapy Centre St Peter's Hospital

Cherry trees therapy centre in Maldon, which is run by north Essex mental health partnership NHS trust, opened its therapeutic garden winner of best communal garden in Maldon in a bloom, in August 2005 at their premises on the St Peter's Hospital site, maldon

The centre was awarded £8,500 by the People and Places Award Scheme (administered by the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) and received a grant from Maldon and South Chelmsford Primary Care Trust to create  the garden which is situated in a prime location at the entrance of St Peter's Hospital for therapy use.

Gardening therapy at Cherry Trees is used to increase clients' motivation, confidence and self-esteem. People experiencing mental health difficulties are able to practice work and social skills in a safe environment and overcome fears of working in groups or with other people – all whilst having fun and meeting new people.

The garden has been entirely planted by the volunteers and service users in the gardening group at Cherry Trees centre resulting in beautiful flower and vegetable gardens and restful places to sit. The garden group meets weekly.

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