Joint work at community garden in Parson Cross

Staff from Irwin Mitchell and PXI make a community garden at Mount Tabor Methodist Church
Staff from Irwin Mitchell and PXI make a community garden at Mount Tabor Methodist Church
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A community growing space and vegetable garden is a step closer to being finished at a church in Parson Cross.

Members of the Parson Cross Initiative PXI teamed up with local volunteers, the charity Business in the Community and staff at Irwin Mitchell to create the new garden at Mount Tabor Methodist Church on Wordsworth Avenue.

They dug out a new vegetable bed, built a new compost area and began constructing new raised beds.

Nick Waterfield, community worker at Mount Tabour Methodist Church, said: “It went amazingly well. It was a really good boost to use.

“We got a lot more done than we had planned originally.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing the new garden up and running. We have planted a few courgettes and beans and we can now plant some things in the long vegetable bed.

“We are a little bit away from being finished, but we are getting there. We hope by next spring to be fully up and running.”

He added: “It’s all about sharing the harvest and building community through relationships – the gardens will be there for anyone to enjoy and for anyone to get involved.”

The completed garden will be managed and maintained by PXI and volunteers and the food grown will be used for community meals at Mount Tabor and in the food bank also run there.

More than 40 Irwin Mitchell staff joined forces with volunteers from Parson Cross to help in the garden over two days last week.

Michelle Dickinson, business and community manager for Business in the Community, said: “This is a great example of a major employer taking the initiative and embarking on a team building challenge that brings benefits to others as well as employers themselves.

“Employers are being increasingly aware that voluntary programmes build team spirit and provide an opportunity to test project management and leadership skills.”