Greggs grant is blooming marvellous for community gardeners

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A grant from Greggs is helping budding gardeners to bloom at the Edward Kemp Community Garden in Birkenhead Park.

The Greggs Foundation is a charitable trust established by Greggs PLC to improve the quality of life in local communities around the UK and gives around £3million each year to different charitable organisations.

A Greggs environmental grant, part of the #GreenerwithGreggs campaign, is being used to create raised beds in the community garden, which is run by volunteers from the Friends of Birkenhead Park.

Project leader Sheila Blair says: “We are so excited to have been awarded a Greggs Foundation grant to make some raised beds at our community garden.  This will mean people and children who cannot garden in the traditional way will have access to growing fresh fruit and vegetables.”

Students on the Routes to Success programme for 16 to 25-year-olds at Wirral Metropolitan College have been helping to carry out the work under the supervision of their tutor Jason Savage.

Jason said: “Our goal is to offer a fun and enjoyable programme that will allow individuals to re-engage and build social skills, confidence and team working skills.

“We work with numerous outside agencies that will equip these young people the skills to make informed decisions about returning back to either education, employment or training. So far we have worked with over 40 young people and the feedback we are getting is very positive.”

Sheila Blair added: “We are delighted with the way the work is going. This will make a real difference and help even more people to enjoy the Edward Kemp community garden.”

For more information on how to get involved at the community garden, or to rent a plot, visit the Friends of Birkenhead Park website at www.friendsofbirkenheadpark.org.uk or ask at the park’s Visitor Centre which is open daily.

Jason Savage, right, and students from Wirral Metropolitan College, get digging at the Edward Kemp Community Garden in Birkenhead Park

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