Garden going for growth

Wednesday 28th September 2016 9:35 am
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REVELLERS enjoyed a barbecue, drinks and entertainment at Rodborough Community Art Garden to celebrate the launch of The Grow Project earlier this month.

Guests enjoyed listening to young musicians from Rodborough School, as well as talks about the garden and how it has evolved.

Jenny Else, Waverley’s member for arts, said: “The launch was a special event, bringing together the people who have already invested a lot of time and effort to create the garden with lots of people ready to get involved. Over the next year there will be lots of activities to take part in, opportunities to meet other people from the local community and a chance to participate in growing fruit and vegetables.

“Don’t miss the quarterly festival events starting with chutney making, curry eating and pumpkin carving on Sunday, October 30, (10am-2pm).

“And if you have a spare Saturday morning, from 10am-12pm, why not lend your gardening skills and take part in The Grow Project?”

The Grow Project, a community art garden based at Rodborough School, in Milford, is open to all ages and stages of life to enjoy community growing, food technology, community art, a sensory garden, cut flower growing and a wild meadow.

Supported by Waverley, Arts Partnership Surrey and the county council, the project is linked to a county-wide initiative, Vitamin G, which encourages the use of neglected spaces to improve health and wellbeing by getting local communities involved in gardening and art.

There are opportunities to volunteer every Saturday until the end of October. Monthly winter working parties start with bulb planting, on Saturday, November 5.

To join the parties contact WBC’s Charlotte Hall, by calling 01483 523390, or see www.waverley.gov.uk/ CommunityGarden.

Pictured: Mayor Chris Storey, geography teacher Mr Ewing, governor John Sandy, artist Ruth Wheeler, arts and cultural services manager Charlotte Hall, Jenny Else, head Matthew Armstrong-Harris, landscape gardener Anita Smith and pupils.

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