Home produce programme reaping its rewards

Crewe Guardian: Pictured left to right: Danny Bourne, James Thompson, project manager, John McGinlay, Jeff Stubbs, Greenspaces chairman and Debbie Shearing, project co-ordinator. Pictured left to right: Danny Bourne, James Thompson, project manager, John McGinlay, Jeff Stubbs, Greenspaces chairman and Debbie Shearing, project co-ordinator.

THANKS to a project being run by Greenspaces South Cheshire CIC on Wulvern’s Sherborne Estate, residents are learning to grow their own food and benefitting from healthy, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Known as Sherborne Urban Produce, the project has seen residents meeting on a weekly basis to take part in mentoring sessions which provide ideas, inspiration and guidance for people of all ages and abilities interested in growing their own food.

Over the last 12 months, the project has attracted more than 70 participants, many of whom are now using the knowledge and skills they have gained to grow fruit and vegetables at home.

James Thompson, Greenspaces Executive Director and Project Manager, said: “Sherborne Urban Produce has been a real success story for the local community, thanks to a great team and strong partnership working with Wulvern, The Health Lottery and Men in Sheds.

"There is real enthusiasm out there for these kind of initiatives and credit must go to the regular participants that have put in as much as they have got out of the project.”

The Sherborne neighbourhood received a Royal Horticultural Society accolade earlier this year for development of the project and is looking to promote the good work at next year’s Tatton Show with a show garden.

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