Temple Bar Garden is a gem of a community garden hidden away in the centre of Denbigh, close to the notable landmarks of Denbigh Castle and Burgess Gate. The garden is on the direct path that takes visitors to Denbigh Castle from the High Street, so we really wanted to make a positive impression.
These gardens had been neglected by the local authority for well over 15 years, due to budget cuts. They were also a magnet for antisocial behaviour. Well, no more!
What started as an idea to benefit visitors has grown into a resident-led project that offers a tranquil and secluded space to enjoy the peace and admire the views. Denbigh in Bloom volunteers have been delighted to see more and more people using the space en route to the Castle, or taking a seat on their lunch breaks. Estate agents have even started to reference the garden in their sales particulars when local properties are marketed!
The planting had been fairly municipal in style, but this has been enhanced with a broad selection of newly planted native trees, perennials, wildflowers and shrubs. There are herbs and annuals, new planters and native Spring bulbs. Aside from the planting, the volunteers at Temple Bar have created a haven for wildlife. They've created a composting area, sought to conserve rainwater in a water butt, added a hedgehog house, bird boxes and insect hotel. The birds in Temple Bar are possibly the best fed in the whole of town! It's well worth a visit, if you haven't been recently.
We also hosted our first Temple Bar event in 2019, with a summer plant sale and Pimms afternoon. We were so pleased to see so many people and show off everything that has been achieved there to date.