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Community gardeners enjoy fruit of their labours
POOLE residents have enjoyed the fruits of their labours at their first harvest held at their community garden.
Sixty local people turned out at the Poole Housing Partnership harvest at the Poole Town Community Garden.
Many had helped plant seeds earlier in the year and they dug up potatoes and picked tomatoes, courgettes, lettuce and chillies to take home.
They also planted seedlings for autumn and winter crops, made bug boxes and sampled delicious home-made vegetable curry.
PHP launched the community garden in June 2013 as part of its National Lottery funded “New Roots” Scheme.
Helped by Novus Property Solutions, the previously unused area of land at Perry Gardens has been transformed into a thriving community space.
Local residents, Poole Old Town Children’s Centre and pupils from Poole Old Town First School all support the project which has raised beds, vegetable patches and a seating area.
Local mum Sam Prewitt said: “My children and I helped plant seeds on the launch day and it was great to return to dig up the vegetables that we helped grow.
The kids had great fun digging up the potatoes – like looking for buried treasure!
“We do not have our own garden, so it’s a real pleasure to be able to be involved with this wonderful project.”
New Roots co-ordinator Clare Sutton said: “Many local residents do not have gardens and have really seized the opportunity to get together with neighbours and grow their own.
“Although PHP helped start up the project, everyone is welcome to get involved in whatever way suits them and, in exchange for a bit of time and graft, receive a share of the fabulous crops.”
There are New Roots projects at Turlin Moor and at 10 sheltered housing schemes across Poole, designed to encourage people to grow their own food.
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