Funding from Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Rushcliffe Roots initiative is set to help transform a former bowls green in Cotgrave into a vibrant Community Food Garden full of fresh produce and healthy activities for local residents.
The rejuvenation of the site on Woodview in the town will see fruit trees planted, the installation of a shed, seating and education area and improved accessibility for residents to grow food and engage with their local community.
The authority is working with partners Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Streetwise Environmental Ltd to enhance the space and encourage volunteers to get involved with the project.
Residents are being invited by all partners to get involved with the project to help revitalise the site and ensure it’s ready to grow produce and host activities later this year.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr Debbie Mason said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to see a valued space in Cotgrave such as the former bowls green innovate for the benefit of local residents.
“Thanks to the generous contributions of Streetwise and the CCG, we can now look forward to an exciting period of transformation with volunteers and community groups at the very heart of all our efforts.
“I would encourage everyone to find out more about the project and get involved where they can to learn more about growing their own food and the health benefits it can bring for everyone.”
Streetwise have already donated a lawn mower, polytunnel and a new gate to the project, in addition to committing to help volunteers with some of the tasks required to transform the site.
Teams have already chipped overgrown hedges that neighboured the project and delivered the chippings to local residents for use on their gardens.
Managing Director Nigel Carter said: “We’re thrilled to be part of this initiative and it’s great to be able to work alongside the community to entirely transform such a central site in the town.
“We look forward to welcoming volunteers onto the site regularly to help us revitalise the plot and ensure it becomes an important part of the community for years to come.”
Rushcliffe CCG GP Dr Richard Stratton said: “Learning more about the food we eat and where it comes from is essential to help maintain and improve our lifestyles.
“The Community Food Garden is an excellent way to discover your food’s roots and grow healthy, local, fresh produce for you and your community.”
Rushcliffe Roots helps residents discover healthy, local and sustainable produce whilst learning more about the food on their plate.
Anyone wishing to volunteer and help create the community garden is invited to email Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Health Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the team on 0115 981 9911.