The Suffrage Sensory Garden on Rochester’s Esplanade opposite the Castle is really coming alive this spring thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Rochester Churchfields & Esplanade (FoRCE) and the generosity of donors and gardening volunteers. The replanting work on the first bed of three beds is complete and some of the herbs and sensory plants are beginning to flower.

The existing raised garden, consisting of three brick built raised beds in a circle which are the perfect height for all-ability access and, once complete, will be dedicated to the memory of local non-militant suffragist Vera Conway Gordon and her work within the community.

The FoRCE have released some ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of the first bed taken less than a year apart (slide the arrows left and right to see what has been achieved).

The first bed in May 2021 and in May 2022
The first bed in Jul 2021 and May 2022

Work on planting out a section of the second bed will begin in May 2022 and new volunteers are always welcome. The FoRCE volunteers meet once a month to continue the work on the garden and litter pick in the general areas. No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome whatever their activity level – click here to view upcoming dates.

Just turn up at 10am by the Sensory Garden, tools, gloves, and hand sanitiser are provided, but do bring your own if you prefer.

For more information please contact the FoRCE.