Batley garden is an inspiration

Release Date: 06-Aug-2013
A community garden in Batley developed by people involved in a community payback scheme is inspiring budding gardeners from across Kirklees.
The Envisage garden

The Envisage garden

Plant it staff & volunteers learning about the project

Plant it staff & volunteers learning about the project

Last week, a group of volunteers and staff from the lottery-funded Plant it, Grow it, Eat it project visited the garden to learn about the work being done there and to get ideas for their own schemes.

The Envisage Project is on the site of Batley Methodist Church’s old Sunday School and has been running since 2000 The team clear rubbish, weed and carry out general maintenance on land owned by the church, but they have also created a community vegetable garden.

They have made raised beds, pathways and a bench out of recycled materials and this year are growing a great crop of beetroot, lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries and cabbages. Much of the produce is given to the local church, and the team is hoping to grow more crops in the future, so they can give more away.

Rachel Oldroyd is developing the Plant it project in the Batley area. She said: “It’s been great to find out more about this project – their garden has really inspired us all.

“These types of visits are good both for bringing communities together and giving the volunteers a chance to talk about their growing areas, sharing ideas, and gaining information from each other.”

The Plant it Grow it Eat it project helps tenants and residents to develop community gardens where neighbours come together to grow their own fruit and vegetables; they can also get tips for making healthy meals with the food they grow at cook and eat sessions.

There are lots of benefits of getting involved in the project – you’ll feel better from being more active and eating more healthily; you could save money on food bills; and if you’ve never done this kind of thing before, you’ll learn new skills that could help if you’re looking for work. Besides all that, it’s a great way to meet new people and be part of your community

The Plant it team are working on 11 sites – if you live in any of them, they would love to hear from you: Batley Carr, Birkby & Hillhouse, Chickenley, Crossland Moor & Thornton Lodge, Dalton, Dewsbury Moor, Fieldhead, Savile Town, Stainclife, Thornhill and Wilton.

To find out more or to get involved in a community garden in your area, please call the team on 07971 733194 or visit Plantitgrowiteatit on Facebook