Fruit­ful lunch for com­mu­nity project group

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

An or­gan­i­sa­tion which aims to bring peo­ple to­gether did just that dur­ing a lunchtime.

The Shep­way Char­i­ots took part in the Big Lunch ini­tia­tive of the Eden Project at its com­mu­nity gar­den on the cor­ner of Hamp­shire Drive and Nor­folk Road in Shep­way.

Around 30 guests en­joyed a bar­be­cue, as well as be­ing given straw­ber­ries, rhubarb and goose­ber­ries which were grown on site. The Shep­way Char­i­ots is a group which en­cour­ages peo­ple to get to­gether over shared projects.

It has breathed new life into the pre­vi­ously dis­used al­lot­ment, ac­quired from Maid­stone Bor­ough Coun­cil, which was a hot spot for fly-tip­ping and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

The half-acre site is open to mem­bers of the pub­lic to get in­volved in grow­ing plants and har­vest­ing fruit and veg­eta­bles, and res­i­dents can take pro­duce home. The group is also run­ning a sum­mer hol­i­day club for chil­dren.

Nikki Gough, the founder, said the suc­cess­ful project had be­come much big­ger than ex­pected when it be­gan in Jan­uary 2017.

For more about the Shep­way Char­i­ots see https://shep­way­char­i­

Pic­ture: Steve Crispe FM4813357

The Shep­way Char­i­ots’ Big Lunch event

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