Grant helps the garden grow

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A COMMUNITY project which has encouraged the residents of a Sheffield estate to go green and grow their own plants and food has received a boost from the Big Lottery Fund.

The Richmond Park Gardeners group has been given £9,914 to breathe new life into a plot of land on the Richmond Park estate, establish community garden areas, and create a more pleasant environment for those who live there.

The gardeners will buy tools, planters, seeds and fencing needed to put down roots for their community-managed scheme. Workshops in gardening and caring for home-grown produce will also be held for locals.

Spokesman Robert Owen said: “Everyone associated with our project is delighted to receive a grant from the Big Lottery Fund – it’s really marvellous news.

“This funding will help our community to work together and brighten up the land which is in quite bad condition and in need of some care and attention.

“By making flowerbeds, purchasing tools and providing workshops in growing fruit and vegetables, we’re hopeful many people will see the benefit of what we’re planning.”