GREEN-fingered volunteers have been brushing up on their gardening skills to help the community reap the health benefits of a vegetable patch.
A community garden has been created on Windmill Road in Leamington to allow neighbours to grow and share produce.
The previously overgrown land, close to the play area, was transformed by Leamington project Incredible Edible – which encourages people to turn disused public land into a source of healthy food. They were supported by volunteers from The Midcounties Co-operative, who will continue to maintain the garden.
Derrick Knight from Incredible Edible said: “We estimate global food production needs to rise by as much as 30 per cent by 2030 to meet the requirements of an expanding population. Allotments and community gardens like these are a great way of boosting food production locally.
“The support of The Midcounties Co-operative and their volunteers is really making a difference and we look forward to seeing this community garden and others blossom across the country.
Derrick added they were always on the lookout for new volunteers.
And volunteer Sophie Adam-Hyatt, from the Midcounties Co-operative in Warwick, said: “This year, foodbanks have been a huge focus for us and so we know first-hand that there’s a need for more, free sources of nutritious food.
“A lot of time and energy has been put into the garden by the community, creating a compost heap and sourcing different seeds. It will be fantastic to be able to reap the rewards of our work, and use the vegetables to cook delicious meals.”
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