AMBITIOUS plans to create community gardens across Bromsgrove District to provide fresh fruit and veg for those in need has been given the green light.
The motion, put forward by Labour Leader Dr Michael Thompson, was unanimously backed at Wednesday’s full council meeting.
All parties agreed to work together to ensure the various green spaces in Bromsgrove were put to good use.
Coun Thompson said: “I’m absolutely delighted we are moving forward with this and I’m looking forward to working with the council and partners such as Bromsgrove District Housing Trust.
“I’ve seen myself how it can bring people together and create new skills.”
Conservative leader Coun Karen May thanked Coun Thompson for his motion, saying it would only enhance the lives of people in Bromsgrove and improve their wellbeing.
Coun Sue Baxter (Independent) said: “There are county council grants which we could use for enhancing rural countryside.
“I’m more than happy to support this because our green space is often mistreated and vandalised.
“These types of projects are perfect for young people to get involved because it means they take pride in the area, helping to put an end to anti-social behaviour.”
Coun Thompson finished by saying healthy people often took the ability to socialise and leaving their homes for granted.
He said: “There’s a lot of lonely people in this town, people who are imprisoned in their own home.
“Projects like this help rebuild people’s social ability, faith in people and make for a stronger community.”