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18th Oct, 2021

Ambitious plan to be put forward for community gardens across Bromsgrove district

AN AMBITIOUS proposal is being put forward to create community gardens across Bromsgrove district to provide fresh fruit and veg for those in need.

The motion is being proposed by Labour leader Dr Michael Thompson at Wednesday’s full council meeting who said he was hoping for cross-party support to get the project up-and-running.

Dr Thompson told The Standard: “There are a few plots of land across the district which could be used and plenty of people willing to volunteer.

“Once set up the gardens could also be used to teach people skills they can use to grow their own produce.”

He added Bromsgrove’s community spirit was one of its greatest assets.

“We have seen, with volunteers groups such as Charford Community Garden and Keep Bromsgrove Beautiful, that we have a wealth of expertise and willingness in Bromsgrove.”

Jackie Hooper, CEO of the North Worcestershire Basement Project which puts together food parcels for the needy, praised the idea saying although they received some fresh fruit and veg from supermarkets, they could do with more.

“It’s a lot healthier for those receiving the parcels, rather than them just eating tinned or packet foods all the time,” she added.

Rev Ray Khan helps co-ordinate the Charford Community Garden which was started by St Andrew’s Church a decade ago.

He said: “It’s a brilliant idea because there is definitely a need for more community gardens in the district.

“There are a lot of green spaces around and it would be nice if local people could adopt them.

“The important thing will be getting the people with the right experience and know-how to co-ordinate the projects so we can get some bumper crops.”

Currently there is one main volunteer tending the Charford Community Garden and Rev Khan has urged anyone else interested in volunteering to call the church office on 01527 878801 and leave their contact details.

The motion will be heard at Parkside at 6pm on Wednesday.

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