Doing so well with our own little plot

Thursday 14th April 2016 2:20 pm
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Pictured from left to right: Chris and Helen Benson, Dave Ewing, Charlotte Hall, Waverley, Chris, Phoebe and Shelley Rhodes, and Anita Smith ()

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AN open invitation has been issued for more people to get stuck into creating a Community Art Garden on an unused plot in front of Rodborough School, Milford.

Supported by Waverley Borough Council, Arts Partnership Surrey and Surrey County Council, the project is linked to a countywide initiative, ‘Vitamin G,’ which encourages the cultivation of neglected spaces to improve health and well-being.

Volunteers are already hard at work helping to create a sensory garden, raised beds for fruit and vegetable growing, a wild meadow and a rain garden to carry the rainwater from the newly opened Cullum Centre for pupils with autism spectrum disorders.

The project is led by local artist Ruth Wheeler of Sculpt It. Garden designer Anita Smith said: “It’s a great opportunity for local people to get involved in enjoyable activities that improve their health and wellbeing, put them in touch with others in the community and enable them to participate in growing fruit and vegetables that they can share.”

Geography teacher Dave Ewing, who is leading the project in-school, added: “We want to involve as many from the community as possible. Anyone of any age is welcome to come and take part in our work parties and community events. We are reaching out to local organisations, as well as pupils and after school clubs.”

Activities planned for the garden will include yoga, willow work, harvest festivals and supervised learning sessions.

Waverley’s communications portfolio holder Stefan Reynolds said: “This is an excellent project that links health and well being, putting land to good use and bringing communities together.”

The project is receiving £10,000 Awards for All funding and £4,500 from Waverley for participation and activities. Rodborough is providing a lot of voluntary help and the space for the project.

More volunteers are needed from 9.30am-12.30pm on Saturdays April 16, May 7 and May 14 for initial sowing the meadow, preparing the cut flower bed and planting. The project also needs donations to help replenish supplies of seeds, plants, and tools.

Go to www.waverley.gov.uk/ communitygarden for a list of plants and supplies needed.

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