Community garden making good progress

Helen Sellers (Spire Homes) and Alison Phillips (Groundwork Northamptonshire) create the pathway using bark
Helen Sellers (Spire Homes) and Alison Phillips (Groundwork Northamptonshire) create the pathway using bark

Spire Homes and Groundwork Northamptonshire have been getting green fingered – as they work hard to create a community garden in Higham Ferrers.

Working with contractors Apollo Services, Aaron Services and local families, they have created a bug hotel, raised beds for flowers and herbs, a shed, tyre planting areas, a pond, and a patio and brick barbecue area.

Over the next few months, they will also be building a polytunnel, picnic bench and seating area, and planting fruit trees, vegetables and plants. Once the weather warms up, they will be holding a community barbecue for local residents to enjoy the garden and sunshine.

“The local children and families are very enthusiastic about the garden,” said Jenni Hedges, Groundwork Northamptonshire Garden and Open Spaces Worker. “We are all very excited about getting vegetables and flowers planted. We would love for anyone that hasn’t visited the garden to come and have a look on our next volunteer day. We’d also like residents who’d like their very own raised bed to plant in to come along.”

There will be a free after school club at the garden every Tuesday from 3.30pm to 5pm (wellies and warm clothing are a must) and a Holiday Club on Tuesaday, April 9. There is also a drop in volunteer day on Saturday, April 13, from 10am to 2pm, and these volunteer days will take place the second Saturday of every month.

Spire Homes provides nearly 5,000 homes in towns and villages throughout Northamptonshire and Rutland. For more information, visit www.spire-homes.org.uk.