December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
A community garden group is renting out nine raised beds to people to growing vegetables next year.
The Grapes Hill group, which was recently awarded a commendation in the 2013 Norwich Society Design Awards, has five small raised beds that are fully accessible for wheelchair users and for larger raised beds.
Fran Ellington, group secretary, said: “To apply you will need to become a member of the group. Membership starts from £3 a year for low income and unwaged.
“Rental for raised beds starts from £5 a year for a small raised bed, if unwaged, with prices increasing incrementally depending on size of bed and income. Groups can also apply.
“This year the garden welcomed a local children’s group that enjoyed using the garden on a weekly basis, while the young children learned a lot about sowing and nurturing their own vegetables.”
The garden group, which is nestled between the back of Valentine Street (near the Reindeer pub in Dereham Road) and the St Benedict’s View business units at the bottom of Grapes Hill, was set up in summer 2008.
A run-down disused area near the city centre was converted into a community garden. The site, a 50x12m former play area, was covered in tarmac, and following the completion of hard landscaping work in late 2010, a series of work days were held in spring 2011 to plant up the garden. The garden opened to the public in July 2011
The group is growing organic fruit, vegetables and herbs and ornamental shrubs and flowers to make the garden attractive to people and wildlife, and improve the poor air quality in the area.
The deadline for renting out a deep bed in 2014 is December 1. You can download a tenancy agreement and application form from www.grapeshillcommunitygarden.org, or send a stamped, addressed envelope to GHCGG, 12 Valentine Street, Norwich, NR2 4BA.
For further information email email@example.com or meet the team at one of its volunteer days in the garden on November 3 and 17.