It’s with great excitement that we can now reveal that we’ve been given a grant from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. The grant amounts to almost £333,000 and will sustain the main part of our work for the next 3 years.
Our focus is, as it always has been, to restore the Georgian walled garden into a community focused food growing hub. With this grant we can now we can further develop the training and development opportunities for our communities focusing on improving health and well-being.
There are a number of activities for beneficiary groups already outlined and the deatails will be published shortly, these are:
The Grow>Cook>Eat programme for children 8-12 is a holistic approach to teaching about healthy eating. It will start again in the summer holidays 2015 and be expanded to the autumn half term 2015, Easter 2016, half term in May 2016 and so on. A Grow>Cook>Eat Saturday club will also start in September 2015.
An over 50’s club will begin in the spring. This is a monthly club based around horticulture and will provide workshops and training for everyone. It’s also a place of community and socialising for people over a cup of tea. This will be a members club and hopefully will meet more often as the membership grows.
It’s planned to provide City and Guilds training separately to 2 groups of beneficiaries; unemployed people and young adults with learning difficulties. The certificate offered will be ‘skills for working life’ horticulture to begin with.
We’re also intending to teach young offenders the basics of horticulture as they do there community service with us. Other projects will arise for them too.
And of course we’ll continue the volunteering days on Tuesdays and Thursdays, run events and festivals and have a lot of fun doing it !
At the end of the grant period, 2018 we will be handing the management of the garden over to community management. We don’t know what form this will take yet. A new Project Board is being set up to lead this as well as monitor and lead the activities of the garden project. Organisations that link with the garden will be invited to be a partner and member of the Board.
Looking forward to seeing you in the garden!