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Garden has strong roots in the community

Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A NEW community garden has been developed in Eyres Monsell to encourage residents to grow their own vegetables, eat more healthily and make new friends.

Members of the community teamed up with Leicester City Council, local councillors and BBC Radio Leicester to initially run a pilot project on land behind Eyres Monsell Community Centre.

The pilot scheme was very popular and lots of people took part. However, the area soon became too small for everyone who wanted to take part.

So, members of the Eyres Monsell Community Gardening Club asked if they could lead a project to create a much bigger garden area.

After a successful 'Awards for All' bid of over £7,000 and the backing of the Ward Community Fund, the project could grow.

A new central raised planter has now been constructed, with paths and integral seating, so there is now plenty of room to grow more crops. There is also a community orchard nearby.

Deputy City Mayor and ward councillor Rory Palmer, said:
"Local people were very passionate about transforming the area into a community garden that will not only bring local people together, but encourage healthier lifestyles."

Cllr Cleaver added: “Everyone involved has put in a huge amount of hard work into this new garden. I’m really looking forward to seeing volunteers working together to support others in growing their own.”

The new community garden will be officially opened this Saturday (June 25) from 1.30pm until 3.30pm.

Cllr Palmer, Cllr Cleaver and members of the Eyres Monsell Gardening Club will plant a plum tree in recognition of the special day.

It will also be an excellent opportunity for those interested to have a look around and find out more about the free gardening sessions that take place on Monday and Friday mornings.

Refreshments will be available on the day and for further information, contact Eyres Monsell Community Centre, on: 0116 278 7294.