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Community garden opens in Grove Hill Community Hub

Andy Preston with volunteers at Grove Hill community garden

The latest of Middlesbrough’s Community Gardens has been unveiled at Grove Hill Community Hub.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston and volunteers opened the new facility in the grounds of the Bishopton Road centre.

It is the second site of its kind in the town following on from recent community gardens opening at Trinity Methodist Church in Whinney Banks.

The aim of the spaces is to bring local people together to educate them on growing healthy and sustainable food, and providing surplus produce for local eco shops, as well as creating a social activity as the world readjusts post-Covid-19.

It has been made possible through Middlesbrough Council’s Town’s Fund allocation and once created the gardens will be run by and for the local community.

Special thanks have been given to local building company UltaBuild Construction Ltd (NE) who have kindly carried out the transformation at no profit to themselves.

Moving forward Middlesbrough Council’s Staying Put Agency which offers specialist advice and support to older, disabled and people on low incomes to lead independent lives will be taking over the management of the garden. Among its many offerings are a handyperson service and works to keep people included in the community.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: “This is part of the Council’s green strategy of promoting healthy living, meeting people, working together and reconnecting people with food.

“These raised beds are going to be full of veg, fruit and flowers - we have six at the moment and a poly tunnel to grow stuff indoors.

“We have loads going on all over town but it’s great to see it in Grove Hill. We already have volunteer groups to come and sort it out as well as Age UK, the Staying Put Agency and Kinship Carers who will all be descending on Grove Hill to grow stuff, reconnect with people and bring people together.”

The Mayor was joined by Cllr Barrie Cooper, Middlesbrough Environment City and representatives from other volunteer groups to open the garden.

The garden also represents another step in Middlesbrough Food Partnership’s ‘22 Carrot Gold’ campaign to achieve Sustainable Food Places Gold Award which celebrates a joined up approach to supporting local people to be able to access locally sourced, affordable and nutritious food.

Middlesbrough was allocated £21.9m in Government Towns Fund cash and in March this year the Council’s Executive agreed to put £1m into parks, play areas, community gardens and making Middlesbrough greener.

Community gardens promoting sustainable living will also be developed in North Ormesby, Easterside and Nunthorpe.

Learn more about Middlesbrough Council’s Green Action Plan.