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MindSpace Stamford's community garden project is kick-started thanks to a £2,500 grant from the Dulverton Trust and pupils volunteering as part of the National Citizen Service

A community garden project has been kick-started thanks to a £2,500 grant and pupils volunteering.

The MindSpace Stamford community garden project at the Uffington Road allotments has benefited from a £2,500 grant for tools from the Dulverton Trust and a group of National Citizen Service pupils from Stamford schools helping to clear weeds and cutting back bushes.

The pupils' work has meant the plot now has a great foundation for work on the community garden to begin.

The National Citizen Service volunteers take a well-deserved break
The National Citizen Service volunteers take a well-deserved break

Many of the pupils have also offered to support MindSpace in the future.

Wheelbarrows, spades, forks and other gardening equipment will be purchased with the grant from the Dulverton Trust.

Following a public consultation event in March this year, more than 40 individuals and organisations registered their interest in the community garden project.

Helen Howe, chairman of the MindSpace Stamford trustees, said: “We are very grateful to Sue Fortune and the Dulverton Trust for this amazing donation which will really kick-start the community garden project, providing the basic tools needed for our volunteers to make progress with this project.

“The support from the National Citizen Service pupils was commendable and they all worked very hard and had great fun too which is important for wellbeing.

“The Dulverton Trust grant and volunteer support from so many students has really boosted this project and on behalf and, on behalf of MindSpace, we wish to express our sincere thanks for all their support."

Community gardens provide fresh, nutritious food, foster community links and build networks and provide a peaceful area to spend some time in.

Sue Fortune, from the Community Foundation, who administered the grant, said: “We are delighted to be able to support MindSpace with this garden project."

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