Blooming success for Stamford Community Garden’s latest project

Back from left, matron and site manager Susan Brooks, New College Stamford governor Vic Couzens, chairman of Stamford Community Garden Tim Crofts, front, Garden Organic volunteer master gardener Maggie MacGennis, volunteer Maggie Bentley and volunteer Gavin Tutcher, at one of the plots
Back from left, matron and site manager Susan Brooks, New College Stamford governor Vic Couzens, chairman of Stamford Community Garden Tim Crofts, front, Garden Organic volunteer master gardener Maggie MacGennis, volunteer Maggie Bentley and volunteer Gavin Tutcher, at one of the plots

THE first crops are blooming at Stamford Community Garden’s latest site.

Volunteers from Stamford Community Garden have been so pleased with the success of its first site at an allotment in Uffington Road, that they have launched a second site at Stamford Hospital.

The gardening project was set up last year to get people working together to grow fruit and vegetables, supporting local people to start eating food they have grown themselves.

Permission was given for an unused area of grass at the hospital to be dug up.

Since June, the volunteers have been busy planting courgettes, corn, beans, tomatoes and a range of vegetables on the land.

Hospital matron Susan Brooks said: “The community garden project is a perfect fit with a health organisation.

“Research demonstrates the health benefits of exercise, community involvement and of course fresh, organic food.”

Students from New College Stamford have been helping plant and develop the allotment in Uffington Road.