Planting up the Universe in our Galaxy Garden

1-7 June is volunteers’ week so what better time than now to post an update on our Green Space Garden Volunteers scheme?

Our most recent session saw another busy volunteering day in the Jodrell Bank Gardens and our ambitious task was to weed, re-plant and tidy-up the unique Galaxy Garden.

After a short tour of the arboretum with Senior Gardener Phil, our green-figured volunteers gathered in the Galaxy Garden, where Head Gardener Becky had prepared plants, tools and lots of water ready for the task ahead.

Our volunteers defied the heavy Cheshire clay and planted up three beds representing three different stages in the evolution of the Universe. Amongst other things we planted some of the first galaxy clusters (box balls of course!), created light elements in the early universe, and represented the expansion of space by planting a range of light and airy grasses. Volunteers also planted up the cosmic microwave background with expanding infrared light, microwaves and radio waves. As you can tell, this is no ordinary garden!

Another big thank you to our lovely group of volunteers who did an amazing job in hot weather and on challenging soil conditions – you are the best! If you’d like to join in with our volunteering programme, we meet on the last Wednesday of every month. Find out more, including how to sign up here.

And, if you want to find out more about the fascinating Galaxy Garden, why not visit us this summer when tours will be taking place every Thursday throughout August. Keep an eye on our what’s on pages for more information. If you’re a Gardener’s World card holder, you can even get 2 for 1 entry!