New College Stamford students help prepare garden

New College Stamford students pictured with, from left, back, Tim Crofts, chairman of Stamford Community Garden, retired builder Vic Couzens and college staff James Rogerson, Emma Fincham and Amanda Cameron
New College Stamford students pictured with, from left, back, Tim Crofts, chairman of Stamford Community Garden, retired builder Vic Couzens and college staff James Rogerson, Emma Fincham and Amanda Cameron
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COLLEGE students have helped in transforming an area of unused land into a community garden.

Students on the animal management course at New College Stamford were at Stamford Community Garden in Uffington Road on Friday last week to mark out the pathways and growing areas.

The area had been cleared in the week leading up to that by retired builder Vic Couzens and is now well on the way to becoming a usable area for people in the town to benefit from. Vic also went on Friday to see the work the students were doing.

Secretary of Stamford Community Garden Heidi Haxeltine said: “The students really got stuck in for a great start forking out weeds, which was much easier due to the ploughing.

“The students have also got lots of ideas about what to plant to attract friendly wildlife, which will keep the bad bugs in check and aid the growing of fruit and vegetables.”

Heidi is also thrilled with the response to the master gardener scheme.

She and two other trained people will be using the community garden when it is completed in the spring to teach 10 households each how to grow their own produce, which will help them to become more sustainable.

So far eight families have contacted Heidi to be part of the scheme but she is looking for more people to come forward.

To register an interest in being mentored as part of the master gardener scheme please e-mail email@heidihaxeltine.co.uk