Revolutionaries lead local plot

Garden Gorilla: Tony Carroll at the Stomps  allotment in High Green.  Pictures: Roger Nadal
Garden Gorilla: Tony Carroll at the Stomps allotment in High Green. Pictures: Roger Nadal
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The Garden Gorilla movement will be out in force at the Sheffield Food Festival.

Brothers in arms: Tony Carroll, left, and his dad Anthony Carroll

Brothers in arms: Tony Carroll, left, and his dad Anthony Carroll

They will be in Barkers Pool this Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm staging growing classes, answering questions and rounding up volunteers to share in allotments already up and running all over the region.

Gorillas provide the expertise, plus all the containers, soil, seeds and even some tools to get people going. “All you have to do is just add water and a little of your time,” says Tony.

“If you are a teacher, parent, community leader, business representative or just a good neighbour get in touch to see if we are in your area yet.”

The average project is about the size of a car parking space but gardens can be installed in small confined areas – even rooftops and balconies.

Catch them young: Pupil Emma McIntosh from Wisewood Primary School working on the school's allotment                      Pictures: Steve Ellis

Catch them young: Pupil Emma McIntosh from Wisewood Primary School working on the school's allotment Pictures: Steve Ellis

The latest community plot to get the Garden Gorilla treatment was a huge former garden area tucked away in a corner at the new Seven Hills and All Saints schools in Sheffield – with volunteers from the Sheffield office of the Department for Education.

“In a day we removed the nettles that towered over the old planters and saplings that grew through the paving. Eventually the plot will have planters, sleeper beds and traditional dug allotment beds plus a fruit orchard.

Plot leaders are also required to take scraps of unloved land - street corners, school yards, roadside verges, traffic islands - to turn into an oasis of food where nobody expects it.

n Apply to iwanttogetinvolved@gardengorilla.co.uk

Catch them young:  Grace Roebuck with Matthew Potter.           Pictures: Steve Ellis

Catch them young: Grace Roebuck with Matthew Potter. Pictures: Steve Ellis

n To find out more about Sheffield Food Festival, and for full event listings go to www.sheffieldfoodfestival.com