Our garden at Make Hamilton is a hive of activity, from buzzy bees to apple trees, and lots of growing fresh produce. Sit amongst nature with a coffee, or volunteer and lend us a hand in the garden!
About our Gardens
When Make took over the Treasury Annexe back in 2019, the outdoor space was neglected and overgrown, formerly named the ‘Millenium Garden’. Our transformation of Make Hamilton also meant transforming the ‘Millenium Garden’ into a thriving and flourishing community garden.
In 2019 Make ran a crowdfunder ‘Make Hamilton Grow’ to get initial funding to start the garden which was really supported by the local community. Since then Make has been running weekly garden volunteer sessions. We have many wonderful volunteers (past and present) who have helped us turn this previously unused space into an incredible biodiverse garden to relax, learn, socialise, and enjoy!
Our community garden sessions run every Friday 12-2pm, April – November. We grow a mix of annual & perennial vegetables to support the café, flowers for the bees, and herbs to make teas!
Want to become a garden volunteer?
Download our volunteer handbook.Public Garden Volunteer Handbook
A hive of activity
Our wonderful resident bee keeper John currently manages 7 bee hives in the garden at Make Hamilton. They produce our “Hamilton Honey” which can be bought in the café. John also runs seasonal workshops on beekeeping and honey harvesting. Find out more here.
In the Winter of 2021 we set up community compost bays in the garden with Compost Works CIC. The compost bins are used to collect food waste from our on-site cafe, residents, and volunteers to turn into compost for the garden. We have hosted several free “Introduction to Composting” workshops and are also starting to receive food waste from other local businesses. If you live or work locally and would like to join the scheme or are interested in free composting workshops, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Compost Scheme
Make CIC is trying to reduce our carbon footprint and create a circular economy wherever possible. One of the ways we do this is by collecting food waste from all our locations to turn into compost to use in our community garden at Make Hamilton.
At both Make North Docks and Hamilton Square, in partnership with Compost Works CIC we have set up community compost bays that are used to collect food waste from our on-site cafes, residents, volunteers and customers to turn into compost for the garden at Make Hamilton Square. We regularly host free “Introduction to Composting” workshops, which are open to anyone who wants to learn how to compost at home or as part of a community composting scheme.
The cafe opened its doors at the end of 2021 and over the last 6 months we have been slowly building our menu, utilising as much of the garden produce as possible. We currently serve a selection of home made cakes, made with hamilton honey and edible flowers, and sell herbal teas which are grown and dried on site including: chamomile, calendula, mint & fennel seed.
The cafe is open Mon-Fri 10am-3pm so why not pop in for a cup of tea and slice of cake to enjoy in the beautiful garden seating area.