Delightful 2 acre community garden, created and maintained by volunteers. Features incl 7 individual display gardens, ornamental pond, plant nursery, Iron Age round house, artwork, fitness trail, separate kitchen garden site, Swindon beekeepers and the haven, overflowing with wild flowers.
Featured in Garden Answers & Wiltshire Life magazine and on Great British Gardens website. In Top 100 Attractions in South West England.
Opening for NGS:
Sunday 20 May, Sunday 22 July (1 - 5pm). Admission £3.00, children free. Home-made teas.
Excellent hot and cold lunches available at Olive Tree café within Manor Garden centre adj to Twigs.
Most areas wheelchair accessible. Disabled WC.
How to find us
Twigs Community Garden, Manor Garden Centre, Cheney Manor, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 2QJ
From Gt Western Way, under Bruce St Bridges onto Rodbourne Rd. 1st L at r’about, Cheney Manor Industrial Est. Through estate, 2nd exit at r’about. Opp Pitch & Putt. Signs on R to Manor Garden Centre.
More about Twigs Community Garden
TWIGS (Therapeutic Work in Gardening Swindon) is a local charity and provides support for people experiencing mental health problems by offering creative activities in gardening, crafts and woodcrafts. Its 2½ acres of gardens are hidden within an industrial estate and contain many surprises. The site is maintained by volunteers and has an interesting range of trees and plants incl many ‘wild’ native species (some mistakenly referred to as ‘weeds’!)
Separate gardens within the site incl ‘The Path of Life’, Potager, Cottage garden, Faith garden, Physic, Japanese and Wildlife friendly gardens. Throughout the gardens you will discover Artwork created by people using the service. The gardens are overflowing with perennials and wildflowers, and are alive with butterflies and birdsong. An Iron Age roundhouse gives shade and seclusion on a hot summer’s day, whilst the fitness trail offers a gentle challenge to the energetic. There are 3 ponds on the site which add to the sense of calm and provide moments of reflection.2015 has seen the creation of new cut flower beds .
Swindon Beekeepers Association and FAB (Flowers & Butterflies) all share the site and ensure that there are wild flowers and honey for sale. A separate kitchen garden site produces vegetables , herbs and fruit and supplies the Olive Tree café . There is the opportunity to walk around Plaum's pit , a beautiful , peaceful lake next door .
Tea and cakes, craft displays and plants for sale!