Community Garden

The YMCA Community Garden provides fresh fruit and vegetables ‘grown by the community for the community’. The project began in January 2018 and has been an ongoing development made in collaboration with local community members and students at Discovery College.

The garden presents growing space for community members to utilise and grow produce for a local foodbank. As well as this, the garden hosts outdoor education projects and therapeutic workshops to support people’s mental health.

See how we developed the second phase of our garden in this short video below!

What’s in the garden?

The community garden grows seasonal produce all year round and has already planted 21 trees and over 33 varieties of plants, shrubs, vines and herbs.

What are we growing?

Pear, cherry, almond, plum and apple trees.
Kiwi, fig, blackcurrants, strawberries , blueberries, garlic, onion, sprouts, cabbage, courgettes, broccoli, potatoes, rhubarb, parsley, coriander, basil, lavender and a variety of flowers.

Our future developments

The Community Garden is currently undergoing building work to include an outdoor classroom for our Discovery College students and for local community groups.

As well as this, a wall mural is being designed and created with help from our Discovery College Students and local artists. It will be added to the large wall at the end of the building, overlooking the garden.

Finally, we have a greenhouse being constructed to aid us in our efforts to support our local foodbank. We are looking forward to see all our future produce thriving in there!

A garden that gives back…

YMCA Plymouth have a partnership with a local foodbank where produce grown is donated to Provide Devon.
Provide Devon offer emergency food hampers to people facing crisis.

Find out more about Provide Devon

How to get involved

Visit the garden

Our garden is open to the public on selected days.
Please contact us for more details.

Hire the space

If you are interest in using our garden to run a project or for any other work purposes, please contact us.

Sign up to an activity

We have various workshops and programmes involving our garden space throughout the year.
Please contact us to find out more.


Anybody is welcome to volunteer to help maintain and look after our garden. Tasks you can get involved include planting, weeding, sowing seeds and other general work within the garden.

Complete our volunteer application form below, or contact us for more information.

Volunteer now

Contact us

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