Innovative garden shed promotes learning

A park in Sudbury will soon be the site of some innovative architecture.

Sudbury Ward 1 garden shed to feature education and workshop space

Sudbury, Ont. Ward 1 Community Garden Learning Garden Shed as designed by British architect Paul Cohoon. (Supplied)

A park in Sudbury will soon be the site of some innovative architecture.

The Ward One Community Garden group is getting ready to break ground on what they’re calling a "Learning Garden Shed" at Delki Dozzi Park in Gatchell.

Following an international design competition last year, an internationally trained Canadian architect's concept stood out, group spokesperson Colleen Zilio said.

"It's trying to use locally sourced materials and create a design that fits into the environment of the park," she said. "[There’s] sort of a clean, industrial feel to it."

In addition to housing the garden's irrigation system, the shed space will do much more than house tools.

"It's a very comfortable space for our volunteers and seniors and children to be working in the garden," Zilio said.

"There'a place for them to sit down, a place to wash their hands … gather, have a picnic, that sort of thing."

The shed will also feature education and workshop space for gardeners.

The project — which is set to get started next week — involves many partners and volunteers, including the Garden Steering Committee, the West End Best Start Hub and the Ward 1 Community Action Network. Funding has been provided by Vale, TD Friends of the Environment, Evergreen - Home Depot, SMS Rents, Fisher Wavy and Union Gas.

"While the City of Sudbury is an active partner, this project is completely funded and supported by business, foundations with in-kind support of local business and community partners" said Ward 1 Coun. Joe Cimino in a news release.