Nightingale Garden is a ‘biodiverse garden for everyone to enjoy’. It is in a former bowling green in the corner of Nightingale Rec/Park, which is a City Council recreation ground near Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Biomedical Campus.
The garden gates are opened and closed by a very small team of volunteers. From March to October the garden should be open from at least 10am to 6pm and for the rest of the year at least 10am to 3pm. Many people enjoy the garden without getting involved in organised activities.
The garden has a diverse mix of plants, including some trees and in raised beds. There is an attractive nature pond, including for pond dipping, and various wildlife habitats.
Gardening activities are volunteer-led. There is a free-to-join Nightingale Gardeners Group. You don’t need to join the Group to enjoy the garden or take part in activities.
Our garden sessions are on most Sunday and Mondays from 2 to 4. Currently we have a limit of 6 people and these sessions are just for regular gardeners, who book places. We will stop the sessions during winter months, unless we have especially friendly weather.
We have a mains, including drinking, water supply, a small clubhut, and a good toolshed, a poly tunnel, and soon will have a green-roofed veranda.
In 2021 we will build an outdoor kitchen/activity preparation area.
We are insured for only adult volunteers but we can sometimes have some gardening-related activities suitable for children, as long as they are closely supervised by a parent or carer and are safe while other volunteers are working.
The park has a good playground, tennis courts etc. In 2021 there should be a new park pavilion with new toilets but currently we have no access to toilets nor an electricity supply. Check the website for updates.