Fruit and vegetable growing project launched to feed community

Groundwork Northeast and Gentoo are launching a new community garden initiative with residents of the Sherburn Grove area of Houghton. Grace Wallace of the trust is seen here showing plans to local residents Tommy and Margaret Young watched by Gentoo staff and residents
Groundwork Northeast and Gentoo are launching a new community garden initiative with residents of the Sherburn Grove area of Houghton. Grace Wallace of the trust is seen here showing plans to local residents Tommy and Margaret Young watched by Gentoo staff and residents
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TASTY home-grown fruit and vegetables will soon be on the menu for hungry residents.

Community-spirited folk in Houghton are helping to design and create a special garden.

The growing space is aimed at increasing people’s access to home grown produce, giving people a chance to eat locally-grown fruit and vegetables.

Funded by Gentoo, work was getting under way this month, and it is hoped it will be completed by the beginning of June.

Grace Wallace, Groundwork senior project officer, said: “We will go back to the residents with the design and then, hopefully, it should be finished by the beginning of June.

“This project has the potential to bring people together as a community and give them the chance to get to know each other.”

Groundwork, which is overseeing the scheme, is an environmental regeneration charity which works with local people, authorities and businesses to promote economic and social regeneration.

Claire Hutchinson, from the organisation, said: “We were approached by a Gentoo customer involvement officer for the area who was keen to see an under-used communal garden put to better use.

“Working alongside local people, we will redesign part of the garden to include raised beds and growing space for vegetables and fruit.”

Claire added: “After the physical work in the garden has been completed, Groundwork staff will work alongside residents to give them the skills and knowledge to have a go at growing their own.

“As well as providing affordable healthy produce, the scheme will also promote increased physical activity by encouraging people to spend more time in a green space.

“We are really excited to delivering this project and look forward to helping the residents see the fruits of their hard work.”

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