As the garden aims to provide a safe, enjoyable experience for its members, good behaviour, consideration and respect for others is essential.

It is necessary that there be agreed guidelines for all those who come to the garden, in order to:

  • Allow the garden to function in an orderly manner
  • Foster an understanding of others’ needs and abilities
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of children and adults
  • Give each member a positive experience of the great outdoors

It is important that children and parents support each other to achieve the above aims. All children must be supervised by an adult. Parents / guardians and committee members are responsible for dealing with matters of behaviour which occur within the garden. Members and visitors should consult with committee members when matters arise in the garden that impact on garden life.

Each child is expected to:

  • Take care of his/her belongings
  • Be well-behaved and exercise good manners with other children and adults
  • Exercise respect for the property of the garden and others
  • Respect the rights of all children to enjoy the garden

Adults are expected to:

  • Treat all members of the garden community with courtesy, fairness and respect
  • Lead by example by supporting and encouraging positive behaviour in the garden
  • Keep toddlers in view at all times.

Unacceptable behaviour includes but is not limited to:

  • Name calling
  • Abusive or bad language
  • Throwing stones
  • Graffiti
  • Stealing
  • Violence
  • Damaging property
  • Climbing on the raised beds
  • Locking the caravan door from the inside
  • Climbing in or out the windows of the caravan

When problems arise, the garden community aims to work in a restorative manner to address issues in a fair way. For example, the following strategies may be used to help a child or children reduce incidences of unacceptable behaviour:

  • Be warned officially to stop and asked to reflect about the impact of their behaviour
  • Be separated/moved temporarily to another area of the garden
  • The committee will keep an account of the frequency of the incidences
  • Parents/Guardians will be informed of such occurrences
  • An agreement may be entered into with the child towards improvement

Should two or more members of the committee deem that a child or children’s misbehaviour is grievously affecting the garden order, then the following may apply:

  • Re-negotiating with the child/children and parents
  • Asking the child/children to enter into an agreement towards improvement
  • In extreme circumstances the committee may find it necessary to impose suspension(s) from the garden