Sheffield festival teaches families to grow their own

Gleadless Festival
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The great outdoors never looked so good as the sun smiled on a Sheffield community festival.

Get Gleadless Growing saw hundreds of residents flock to the fields for a day-long celebration of all things bright and beautiful.

Gleadless Festival - Kim Hincliffe in the new community garden space

Gleadless Festival - Kim Hincliffe in the new community garden space

The event, at the One4All Community Hub on Morland Road, was designed to encourage members of the community to get out of their houses and make the most of activities Gleadless Valley Community Forum has on offer.

There were sunflower competitions, cooking demonstrations, bath bomb workshops and bike surgeries.

It was also a chance to showcase the hub’s new community garden, which has just begun vegetable and fruit growing sessions open to all residents. Kim Hinchliffe, a health trainer at the forum, said: “We set up the sessions two months ago and we were trying to promote the garden and let people know they can come and learn how to grow their own fruits and vegetables.

“It generated a lot of interest.

“I think people were quite surprised by the sort of things you can get from your own backyard.

“Everything has been growing really well, too.

“We’ve got four raised beds for fruit and veg.

“There are a lot of people in this area who might not necessarily have a garden or the space to grow things so we’re giving them the chance to do that here.

“The day was about bringing the community together and getting the word out.”

Martial arts demonstrations attracted big crowds, while the bouncy castle proved a big hit with youngsters.

And to ensure visitors were equipped to put the grow-your-own ethos into practice, residents were given herb pots to take home.