Kettering community garden needs your votes to win up to £50,000

Growing areas at Green Patch

Growing areas at Green Patch

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A popular community project in Kettering has been shortlisted in a competition to win up to £50,000 to refurbish its teaching and cooking area.

The Green Patch Community Garden, on the Grange estate off Margaret Road, has applied for the grant from Jewson’s Building Better Communities Project but still needs public votes to win the prize.

Volunteers at Green Page

Volunteers at Green Page

The UK building material supplier is offering pots of £1,000 to £50,000 to community groups and projects that would benefit from a cash boost.

Run by Groundwork Northamptonshire since 2007, the 2.5-acre site is looking to refurbish its main building used for indoor activities: a wooden cabin which is coming up to 20 years old.

Executive director of Groundwork Simon Mutsaars said: “This money is absolutely critical for our building, which needs to be completely renewed with a new kitchen and classroom area.

“It was already old when we started using it and now the building has reached the end of its life and we desperately need to sustain it.

This money is absolutely critical for our building, which needs to be completely renewed with a new kitchen and classroom area.

Simon Mutsaars

“It provides a community hub and opportunities for volunteering – an immense place of wellbeing and health for everyone in the area.

“Jewson were lovely enough to see the potential in our project and put us in the shortlist, but now we need people to vote for us to receive the grant.”

The Green Patch welcomes more than 100 adult and child visitors every week.

Aside from the outdoor gardens, pond, play areas and orchard, the building itself hosts school classes and arts and craft projects.

The wooden portakabin at Green Patch is in urgent need of refurbishment

The wooden portakabin at Green Patch is in urgent need of refurbishment

It also contains an office for staff, a kitchen to provide refreshments for volunteers and cookery classes, and it is home to Green Patch’s resident cat, Emily.

To vote for Green Patch as a recipient of Jewson funding, visit www.buildingbettercommunities.co.uk/submission/the-green-patch-community-garden.