New Fleetwood community garden officially opened

Friday, August 04, 2017

A new community garden at Wyre Day Services, Fleetwood, has been officially opened.

This project, called Larkholme For All, has transformed land around the centre that was previously unused.

The garden features a wildflower meadow, vegetable plots, secret garden, sensory area, wildlife pond, polytunnel and spring flowerbed.

People who use the centre and the community are already improving their cooking and growing skills at the garden and enjoying relaxing in the tranquil and colourful surroundings.

County Councillor Graham Gooch, cabinet member for adult services, said: "This is a great project that has brought the community and people who use Wyre Day Services closer together.

"You can already see the hard work and effort that everyone has put into this project to bring it to fruition.

"The garden is important for people who use the day centre as it helps to improve their skills. They've been working with the staff to help grow fruit and vegetables, and will be using them as ingredients on the cooking courses that are run here.

"Facilities like this improve people's wellbeing by helping them to connect to the environment around them as they take time to enjoy looking at the plants, shrubs and wildlife in the garden.

"Local people have been using the garden too. It's been a real boost for the area and the staff at Wyre Day Services and other local organisations have done a great job working on this project."

The £12,000 funding for Larkholme For All came from Tesco's Bags of Help Scheme and was secured by Lancashire County Council.

Bags of Help uses the money raised by the 5p charges from Tesco plastic bags to fund community and green space projects across the country.

Larkholme for All is being supported by Lancashire County Council, the Prince's Trust, Incredible Edible, The Mustard Seed Group, Fleetwood High School, Regenda Housing Association, Fleetwood Larkholme Allotments, Cardinal Allen Catholic High School, British Red Cross and the Wyre Domiciliary service.

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