Picture of the garden at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre with bunting and greenery.
The garden at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre on a fine summer’s day.

The garden at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre is a FREE resource for people of all ages to enjoy Health and Wellbeing and aid Community Resilience.

Read on for more information about it.

How to Garden With Us

The garden and greenhouse are accessible to people who come on our FREE training courses, which are offered as part of Active Brunswick.

To find out when the next course is being run please call Lorraine Towers or Keith Lloyd on 0151 922 3552, contact us via email, or call in to the Centre.

Click here for directions and a map to The Brunny. The garden is at the rear of the Centre.

There is no charge for the training courses which include use of the garden or greenhouse.

But for our members’ safety and security, we ask that gardeners register with us first if they haven’t done so already.

Click here to download the Registration Form. It’s free to register. Existing, registered members of our clubs do not need to register separately.

People grow food at the greenhouse, part of the community garden at The Brunny.
Grow your own food in the greenhouse at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre.

What is in the Garden?

The community garden features:

  • a large poly tunnel greenhouse where we and our members grow plants, flowers, and food
  • a bee house to encourage pollination
  • an irrigation system using rainwater to minimise cost and impact to the environment
  • raised beds, planters, baskets, and trellising throughout the garden to give easy access to growing spaces for people of all abilities.

We also have an outdoor play area featuring a traverse wall, play boat and play frame, cushioned flooring, planters and trellising.

The outdoor play and seating area at Brunswick YCC.
Play area at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre.

How We Use It

All our members are welcome to share the community garden for:

  • the enjoyment of gardening and being outdoors in a healthy, green environment
  • saving money by growing your own food, plants, and flowers
  • just relaxing and enjoying others’ company.

It is also a great way for members of different ages and gardening abilities to share knowledge. We do this through workshops and educational sessions for young people and the wider community (Contact us to find out more about them.).

Harvesting crops during the Brunswick Community Garden launch.
Harvesting crops during the Brunswick Community Garden launch.

And our more experienced gardeners, particularly members of Mama Margaret St. James Pensioners’ Club, volunteer their time and energy to helping others learn. This gives our Brownies, Junior Kids Club, and Senior Youth Club members (and others) valuable skills and helps promote healthy lifestyles for all involved.

It also means that our Pensioners and other volunteer members are:

  • appreciated;
  • valued;
  • involved; and
  • respected by young people.

The garden has been so successful that it led us to approach Merseyrail and Merseytravel to work with them to improve the approach to Bootle Oriel Road train station. Click on the link for more details.

The specially- constructed bug hotel at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre.
We constructed this bug hotel at the garden at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre.

Why We Made It

We are proud to have served the people of Bootle and beyond for over 50 years (read why in our history section).

We’re always looking to make things better for our members and the wider community. One of our charitable aims is to provide:

facilities for recreation and leisure time activity with a view to improving the conditions of life in the area.

When we talked to local residents and our members they told us that residents in this part of Bootle lacked green space. We are in a densely populated part of town with lots of people nearby who live in high-rise flats or houses with yards. This was a problem for many who wanted to grow their own food, save money and enjoy healthy lifestyles.

The land at the back of The Brunny was derelict so, with the help of a group of dedicated local residents and key stakeholders, we transformed it into a community garden.

This was no easy job:

  • it was a big project that took several years, and needed total project management from Keith Lloyd and the team at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre
  • we sought out and obtained different sources of funding to pay for it
  • we approached and persuaded different organisations such as One Vision Housing and Liverpool One to back us with funds and resources.

Bit-by-bit the vision for the garden came to fruition when in 2014 it was officially opened. It has been a great success and greatly improved the lives of our members and staff at The Brunny, the Centre, and the wider community of Bootle. By sharing the garden, gardening knowledge through training courses and volunteering, and developing the approach to Oriel Road station as a valued community resource, we are able to promote Community Resilience and social cohesion.

Brunswick Youth and Community Centre's irrigation system provides water to the garden and greenhouse.
Part of the underground irrigation system at Brunswick YCC.

More Information

If you want to know more about the garden or our projects please contact us by clicking on the link.