Green light for lottery community garden

Plans to create a community garden for children and adults to enjoy has been given the green light thanks to lottery funding.

Grace Academy pupils will help to develop the garden in partnership with Gro-Organic, an organisation which helps community groups to make greener spaces in their communities, thanks to £9,967 from The Big Lottery Fund.

The idea behind the garden, which is due to be completed by Spring 2015, is to regenerate a plot of land in school grounds to make an outdoor learning centre for young people.

Sarah Gill from Gro-Organic said: “We want to encourage young people to care about the environment and also develop some transferable skills to help improve their employment opportunities.

“We have found that some young people find it hard to make the transition from school to employment due to a lack of practical skills, so this garden should help students to get some work experience and make a positive contribution to their community.

“Students over the age of 14, as well as Chelmsley Wood residents, will have the opportunity to gain a Level 1 Open College Network qualification in employability skills.”

As well as providing training opportunities, the garden will be used to grow seasonal flowers, herbs, shrubs and fruit trees, which can then be sold to local residents, and provides a space and opportunity the students wouldn’t otherwise be able to access.

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