Tak­ing the Root to suc­cess in the gar­den

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ASOUTH Sefton project, which has been help­ing lo­cal vol­un­teers to learn hor­ti­cul­tural skills, held a spe­cial event re­cently to cel­e­brate the suc­cess of its graduates.

Re­generus, Bootle­based or­gan­is­ers of the Tak­ing Root Project, hosted a pic­nic lunch and pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony at a com­mu­nity gar­den at Mar­ian Way, in Nether­ton, to salute the achieve­ments of the 26 par­tic­i­pants aged from 10 to 66.

The project was es­tab­lished by the re­gen­er­a­tion spe­cial­ists with the help of an Awards for All grant from the Big Lot­tery Fund.

Since De­cem­ber last year, it has been work­ing with lo­cal groups at Mar­ian Way, Nether­ton Park Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre and the Gate­way Col­lec­tive in North Park, Bootle.

Tak­ing Root Co-or­di­na­tor Chris­tine Le­ung has sup­ported vol­un­teers with de­sign­ing and set­ting up their com­mu­nity gar­dens, and also de­liv­ered train­ing to help par­tic­i­pants learn how to grow fruit and veg­eta­bles.

Work­ing with part­ners the Feel­good Fac­tory, in Nether­ton, the Tak­ing Root Project has also de­vel­oped a new learn­ing mod­ule - ac­cred­ited through Open Awards which has been spe­cially de­signed to re­flect the range of skills that par­tic­i­pants can gain through gar­den­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Chris­tine Le­ung, the feed­back from ev­ery­one who has been in­volved in Tak­ing Root has been pos­i­tive: “As well as get­ting ac­tive and mak­ing new friends, our par­tic­i­pants say that help­ing to es­tab­lish new com­mu­nity gar­dens has given them real per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion.

“The project has also given ev­ery­one the op­por­tu­nity to grow and eat their own food, and to gain a qual­i­fi­ca­tion recog­nis­ing the skills they’ve ac­quired, which they’re ob­vi­ously de­lighted about.”

Ruth Livesey of Re­generus, added: “A project like this one is about so much more than sim­ply learn­ing gar­den­ing skills. It’s also about up­grad­ing the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment, con­nect­ing peo­ple in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, boost­ing con­fi­dence and im­prov­ing the gen­eral health and well­be­ing of ev­ery­one who takes part.

“We’re very grate­ful to the Big Lot­tery Fund for their sup­port, and to the par­tic­i­pants for the com­mit­ment and en­thu­si­asm they’ve shown through­out the pro­gramme. They should all be very proud of what they’ve achieved.”

Or­gan­is­ers and vol­un­teers pic­tured at the Tak­ing Root Project cel­e­bra­tion event, in Nether­ton

Ruth Livesey: A project like this is about so much more than gar­den­ing skills

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