VIDEO: Green Patch gets helping hand after arts donation

A community gardening project in Kettering has been given a donation from money raised at a drama production staged in Geddington in early October.

The Green Patch Project, in Valley Walk, was given the money by Northamptonshire Touring Arts, which hosted a touring group’s performance of The Tolpuddle Martyrs story.

Green Cash : Kettering: The Green Patch �100 from play held at Geddington Village Hall 'l-r Nigel Bennett, Lucy Darby from the Green Patch with John Padwick (promoter) 'Thursday 31st October 2013

Green Cash : Kettering: The Green Patch �100 from play held at Geddington Village Hall 'l-r Nigel Bennett, Lucy Darby from the Green Patch with John Padwick (promoter) 'Thursday 31st October 2013

Northants Touring Arts promoter John Padwick visited The Green Patch to hand over a cheque for £100 on Thursday.

He said: “We got enough support to raise money for local causes.

“We have given £100 to the Green Patch Project and £50 to Geddington parish Council for community projects.

“The Tolpuddle Martyrs were agricultural labourers who were sent away from the land and this project is about helping people to be self sufficient so there seems to be a link there.”

The Green Patch is a community allotment site in Kettering which is used by local residents, schools, community groups and for activities, clubs and events.

The site of 2 acres has poly-tunnels, raised beds and growing beds for flowers and vegetables along with chickens, ducks, a pond and some bee hives.

Lucy Darby, from Green Patch, said the £100 donation would help with the project’s running costs.

She added: “Green Patch is council owned and we have the challenge of making the project sustainable.”

Green Patch hosts groups who want to learn more about growing their own food.

For more information, visit www.operationgroundwork.org.uk/support-a-project/the-green-patch-kettering.