Community Green Space
our aims and goals
The community green space started as an unloved plot of land that for many years was used as a dumping ground for unwanted furniture and rubbish. We have leased a large green space from the local authority so we could put it to better use than it has been previously, and after 3 skips and 3 months worth of manpower from volunteers and Community Payback, the space is now ready for planting and propagating our own herbs and vegetables. We plan to offer any surplus fruit and vegetables to the local community, with regular open days and community events for people to visit our green space and kitchen, and we hope to demonstrate the benefits of growing your own herbs, fruit, and vegetables on both budget and wellbeing.
As part of our open days we plan to offer low budget and simple recipes, as well as cooking suggestions for the more unusual vegetables. We believe a balanced and varied diet has a huge impact on everybody’s health and wellbeing, and we hope our recipes encourage and inspire people to integrate more varied produce into their cooking.
Our green space traineeships involve training in planning and carrying out crop planting season, as well teaching other skills required for growing a variety of produce. The trainees have a paid 1-year contract and at the completion of training will receive an AQA Level 1 or 2 in Horticulture, or the RHS Level 1 Introductory Award in Practical Horticulture, which they can use when looking for jobs related to gardening, landscaping, or working in a garden centre. The trainees will also contribute to changing unused land into a vibrant and beautiful space that benefits the entire community and showcases how small, local changes can have a huge impact on the people and the area around us.