|On Sat 26th March The Queen Katherine Community Garden Project will be launched at its site on Appleby Rd. The project is being funded by The Big Lottery Community Wildlife Fund, which is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.
Over the next 12 months the project will create opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to work together to transform a disused and antisocial space into a vibrant and well-used community resource. Groups and volunteers will be involved in the design, construction, maintenance, active use and development of the garden. Work will take place at weekly sessions, weekend, and holiday workdays.
The garden will feature a community polytunnel, orchard and forest garden, space to grow vegetables, an area of basket willow and valuable wildlife habitats.
The Big Lottery project will run alongside the Queen Katherine School’s own garden project, which started 18 months ago. A problem with anti social behaviour had developed in an unused area of the wider school grounds. A group of young people from the school had the great idea to transform the area into a garden, somewhere to grow vegetables, develop practical skills and make a positive impact. The idea grew and the space is now a productive vegetable plot and seating area. Rosie Thomas QKS support worker said ”The garden has flourished. From a small project with big ideas to being a fantastic reality.”
Local PSCO Mark Hutchinson has also worked alongside young people on the project “The Garden is a fantastic asset not only for the school but for the local community”.
Come along on Sat 26th between 10am and 2pm to join the celebration, find out more about the project and how you can get involved and plant a tree to help create a wildlife hedgerow. Trees for the launch event have been provided by The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) ‘It’s Your Neighborhood’ programme. There will be lots of other things to do at the launch, stories with Taffy Thomas, magic, green woodworking, tetra-pak wallet making, live orchestra and a locally sourced food stall.
If you are unable to attend the tree planting event but are still interested in getting involved in the project either as a volunteer working in the garden or to support others, please contact
Chris Eastman on 01539 724130 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org