Cambridge Garden of Resilience

With more unpredictable weather, long dry summers and very cold winters, it's good to think about how to create resilience gardens, and The Cambridge Garden of Resilience aims to showcase some approaches to resilient gardening.

The two raised beds next to the Guildhall in Cambridge showcase gardening in a drier climate, and forest gardening.

Gardening in a drier climate

After last year's dry hot summer, many of us are thinking about what to grow that can survive such conditions, and how to look after plants to help them to survive and thrive, without using too much water. More...

Forest Gardening

Forest gardens use the principle that forests are multilayered, with some taller plants (usually trees) reaching up high, while other plants make use of the space in the lower layers (usually bushes and shrubs, as well as spring bulbs). More...

With thanks to...

The Cambridge Garden of Resilience has been created by Cambridge City Council, LDA Design and others. Charlotte Synge from Transition Cambridge and Empty Common Community Garden designed the planting scheme for the beds.

Cambridge Resilience Web

Find out about local groups working on environmental and social justice issues in Cambridge in this visual directory. The Resilience Web is a collaborative project between TC and various local groups/individuals. Join the community on Discord.


If you'd like to help take care of these beds, please get in touch! We're planning occasional gardening sessions throughout the summer to weed and water as required.

Our Mission

Transition Cambridge aims to help Cambridge make the transition to ways of life that are more resilient in the face of rising energy prices and a changing climate.

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