Later this week local gardening volunteers will have the ‘fruits of their labour’ put on display at the prestigious RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

Allens Cross Community Garden will feature in the Eco, Green and Growing display at the festival, which is being held from 10-13 May at Three Counties Showground, as a shining example of what can be achieved when communities work together.

The volunteers at the Trescott housing estate, where the garden is situated in a disused playground, have been hard at work creating the garden features since it opened in 2015.

Northfield Ecocentre and Allens Cross Community Association are the organisations behind the garden – giving disadvantaged locals the opportunity to work in the garden and learn new skills.

A parent of one participant said: “When my autistic boy was on a reduced timetable at school, Ecocentre staff gave him their time to enjoy gardening and outdoor educational activities. He was very low in self-esteem and feeling rejected.

Adding: “This help was significant in building up his confidence, letting him access learning activities at his level. His anxiety reduced in the garden. It had a really positive impact on him.”

Shelia Hall, Project Manager, Allens Cross Community Association said: “There is no doubt that a large part of the project’s success is due to the Ecocentre’s knowledge, enthusiasm and experience.”

The showcase comes at an important time for Northfield Ecocentre, as they move towards becoming part of an independent charity, ecobirmingham.

Michael Addison, Director of Northfield Ecocentre said: “The world is changing and so are we. We are excited the Northfield Ecocentre will become part of ecobirmingham during 2018. A new, independent charity that will create inspiring projects to engage and encourage people across the city to live more sustainably.”

Last year the garden produced 185kg of fruit and veg. That’s the equivalent of 2,313 meals. Amazing!


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