Mayor of Stamford to mark opening of community garden

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THE mayor of Stamford will be planting a tree to mark the opening of a new community garden.

South Kesteven District Council’s housing management team has worked with Stamford Neighbourhood Policing Team and a range of community groups to lease the land for the community garden, which is in Uffington Road, Stamford.

The aim of the garden is to provide a place for people to learn how to grow their own fruit and vegetables, which they can put into practice at home.

There will be a range of gardens to illustrate methods of growing, including a small family garden, formal raised beds, a water garden and a balcony area with pots and hanging baskets.

PC Deborah Bowen from Stamford Neighbourhood Policing Team has been involved with the project.

She said: “The idea is that there will be something to inspire everyone to try growing fruit and vegetables at home.”

The community garden will be opened in a ceremony tomorrow morning for invited guests.

The district council’s estate supervisor Jason Hall will be presenting a cheque for £1,000 towards the project and the mayor of Stamford John Binder will be planting an apple tree.

Project secretary Heidi Haxeltine said: “It’s been a long time in the planning so it is great that we have the site and have started clearing it.

“It is wonderful to see our plans materialising.”

Stamford Transition Towns will be helping to clear the site and Stamford Community Orchard Group will be advising on the pruning of apple and pear trees.

The garden will also provide a practical area for New College Stamford to run its evening gardening glasses. Stamford and District Horticultural Society and volunteer gardeners will also be involved in the project.

Anyone who wants to get involved by designing gardens or donating equipment, including tools, sheds or seeds and plants, should e-mail email@heidihaxeltine.co.uk.