In­ter­est sprouts in ve­g­ies

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

FROM cauliflow­ers to leeks, peo­ple are be­ing in­vited to learn about grow­ing veg­eta­bles at the Vic­to­ria Park Com­mu­nity Gar­den’s Open Day.

The open day will be held at the gar­den at Read Park on Au­gust 20 be­tween 11am and 2pm and will in­clude a sausage siz­zle, soup, cakes and plants.

Gar­den sec­re­tary Mar­garet Jor­dan said the or­gan­i­sa­tion wanted to en­cour­age peo­ple to learn to gar­den and grow veg­eta­bles and herbs.

“The gar­den was started with as­sis­tance from the coun­cil to give peo­ple liv­ing in units or high rise who don’t have much dirt to have the chance to grow their own food,” she said.

“We hold an Open Day ev­ery year. Last year’s event was very suc­cess­ful but for the last three years it has rained heav­ily, so we are hop­ing for bet­ter weather as it’s our one fundraiser for the year. It’s a chance for peo­ple to come along and talk about plants.”

Ms Jor­dan said there was al­ways a turnover of peo­ple who used the gar­den but at the mo­ment all plots were taken and there was one per­son wait­ing.

“About 35 peo­ple are us­ing the gar­den. In the past it was mainly re­tired peo­ple but now there are more mid­dle-aged peo­ple and fam­i­lies,” she said.

“We are a bit dif­fer­ent from other com­mu­nity gar­dens be­cause we have both al­lot­ments and com­mu­nal ar­eas.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d471898

Chris Sid­daway, Rowena Skinner, Mor­got Hayes and Mar­garet Jor­dan in the com­mu­nity gar­den.

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