About Boundary Way
Boundary Way is located on the edge of the city of Wolverhampton and the border of South Staffordshire District farmland. The community garden is situated at the top of Springhill and offers views across the city and over the Staffordshire countryside looking towards Shropshire.
The Allotments opened in 1953 providing a space for growing for residents of the newly built Warstones estate and have been cultivated ever since. In 2000 plans were made to develop an area at the top of the site that was difficult to cultivate as a garden for use by the local community. The site received lottery funding to develop the area and a sensory garden, orchard, woodland area and storytelling space were created. A large polytunnel was built for use as a growing space and as a classroom for educational groups.
As a result since the early 2000s the garden has developed as a resource for the local community, developing links with neighbouring Highfields and Penn Fields Schools and hosting regular Open Days. Several plots are now occupied by community groups who provide activities on site, these include; The Crafty Gardener, Beacon Centre, Penn Fields School and the Boundary Way Project.
Plotholders have worked hard and attracted high profile visitors and awards over the years as well as developing strong community links. Most recently, The Crafty Gardener has established a base for horticultural and creative activities as well as employment related support for people who have a learning disability, autism or mental health needs.
The Boundary Way Project have secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Creative Black Country and Grow Wild at Kew Gardens. This funding has allowed them to research the natural heritage and social history of the site with experts as well as invite local artists to create work inspired by the environment and run workshops to inspire local people. As part of the funding the project has created a series of postcards inspired by fungi, seasonal nature worksheets and a site brochure. It has also run a series of successful Open Days and exhibitions, including taking part in Wolverhampton Open Studios.
Penn Fields School have integrated site visits as part of their curriculum. Sixth formers have created and maintain a plot and a programme of creative activities has been developed leading towards Arts Awards accreditation.
The site does not have open access to the public during the week, but is regularly open on Saturday and Sunday mornings and for various open days and activities throughout the year.
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