What do the projects look like?

All people and projects we work with are unique and the projects are designed to meet their particular aspirations: there’s lots of different ways to do community food growing. Here are a few examples of projects the Growing Durham supports.

The Alt Group- Blackhill

Volunteers from The Alt Group are working hard to transform an uninspiring car park around Blackhill Comrades Club into a productive and beautiful community garden. They received a grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help fund and have built and planted herb and flower beds, planted fruit trees, created compost bins and converted an old shipping container into a funky tool shed.  Growing Durham helped with the funding application, general advice and information about things to try. One of the tasks for 2017 is to convert an area of rough grass into a series of raised beds for vegetables. You can read more about this project on The Alt Group website.

The Elms- Chester-le-Street

When The Elms in Chester-le-Street opened its doors in late 2015 the community garden was just a patch of soil but with a bit of encouragement from Growing Durham and the support of the manager of the Cestria complex, a small group of residents converted it to a beautiful and productive vegetable and flower garden. They produced a wide range of veg which they sold to other residents and will be using the money to buy seeds and compost for the 2017 growing season. The group was successful in getting a small grant to plant some more fruit trees, again with the help of Growing Durham, and won a Caring for Your Environment Award in early 2017.

St Paul’s Church- Spennymoor

A project to transform the conservation area at St Paul’s got underway in early October 2016 with a litter pick. The aim of the ‘Grow at St Paul’s’ project is to create a new growing space around the building for local people to use and benefit from.

The plans for the space were developed with the support from Growing Durham and include creating a new wildflower area, building raised beds and planting fruit and vegetables, as well as other initiatives to encourage wildlife.

Revd. Matt Tarling, vicar at St Paul’s hopes that people will come here and learn about growing fruit and vegetables and looking after plants so that everyone can enjoy being a community together.  As the project develops there will be lots of opportunities for people to get involved and information will be available at the church’s Facebook page.

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