Wales Park Community Garden

During 2020 the District helped to create a new community garden in Belfast, which is designed to be an educational demonstration as well as an accessible place for local folks to grow and share food. Waldo SWCD was approached by several community members who wanted to do a community garden, and was able to assist them in securing a site and doing a thorough assessment of the soil at the garden location. We also provided a design for the garden, which includes the first pollinator planting demonstration in our area! Stop by and see the garden at the corner of Main St. and Lincolnville Avenue in Belfast.

Mission Statement for the Community Garden

The Wales Park Community Garden’s mission is to improve food security at the community level and support a healthy lifestyle by providing garden plots to be used by residents of Belfast to grow their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The Wales Park Community Garden is a collaborative effort of the City of Belfast, non-profit organizations, and members of the community.  Together we will offer opportunities to learn sustainable gardening skills, share gardening knowledge and experience, and foster a sense of community in a safe and supportive place.

Description & Current Status

The community garden is located on the north side of Wales Park.  It currently has 11 planting beds, including a handicap-accessible bed and an L-shaped pollinator garden border.  A steering committee of volunteers, working with the Parks Commission and the Belfast Parks & Recreation Dept, manages the garden.  Garden plots are available for the coming season. See the application document below for more information. Covid-19 safety policies have been established for the use of the garden.

More Information

Please visit the Garden’s Facebook page for complete information  https://www.facebook.com/Wales-Park-Community-Garden-104520054654600

Updates

A GoFundMe effort has successfully raised the funds needed to complete the seasonal waterline and we thank everyone who donated.  We sincerely thank Whitecap Builders, which has graciously donated and built a split-rail fence along the perimeter of the pollinator garden and a small shed behind the garden that will be used to store tools and provide a place to post information and guidance.  Generous donations will also allow for continued planting of pollinator garden plants and shrubs throughout the park.

Pollinator Garden

The perimeter of the vegetable garden and the area behind the garden now have a demonstration pollinator garden. Here, you can see many plants recommended for pollinator gardening in Maine, including native plants, and also see the many features recommended for a pollinator garden. Plants are labeled and a plant list with bloom times and other information is available here. There is also a map of the garden. The garden will be certified using the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Garden certification program in the near future.

Applying for a Garden Plot

Each fall, new applicants are accepted for a garden plot in the following year. Plots are awarded by lottery selection, and may be renewed for a second year. The Wales Park Community Garden is now accepting applications for gardening in 2022. Instructions for applying and policies are contained within the application.

Download the application here: 210928 WPCG Application 2022

Gardeners must follow the garden’s rules and policies.