‘Grow’ open gar­den event takes place this week­end

Event show­cas­ing lo­cal projects with a so­cial ethos

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - ANDY RUSH andy.rush@reach­plc.com

GROW, a week­end of open gar­dens, grow­ing, well­be­ing and cre­ativ­ity, is be­ing held in Lough­bor­ough this Satur­day and Sun­day, June 16/17..

The Grow project is a trail across three open gar­dens on Her­rick Road, Mount­fields Al­lot­ments and two green spa­ces, show­cas­ing lo­cal projects with a so­cial ethos to pro­mote the con­nec­tions be­tween cre­ativ­ity, gar­den­ing and well­be­ing.

Visi­tors can start or end their trail with a visit to the gar­dens at 94, 100 and 134 Her­rick Road.

You’ll find bee hives, the Mas­ter Com­posters, tea, cake, plant sales and honey. Yiu can also wan­der around the gar­den and Se­cret Craft Fair at 134 Her­rick Road and find craft from na­ture by Jane Be­van, paint­ings, prints, home­wares and more from Helen Rhodes and Seed Home De­signs. Plus handmade wil­low plant sup­ports.

The Green Gym and ex­ten­sive John Storer House plots on Mount­fields Al­lot­ments will be open to the pub­lic. Projects in­clud­ing The Crop Club, Shelthorpe Com­mu­nity Gar­den and the Well­be­ing Café Project have stalls in the al­lot­ment Com­mu­nity Space.

Peo­ple can head across Epinal Way and talk to Lough­bor­ough in Bloom award win­ners - For­est Road Green Belt Gar­den­ers – about how they are work­ing with the com­mu­nity to im­prove green spa­ces.

Highlights across the event site in­clude an art in­stal­la­tion in the wil­low trees by Nita Rao, a visit from the Muto cloth­ing project bus, out­door sketch­ing with Max­ine Greer and her Art-Cart, plus craft ac­tiv­i­ties for well­be­ing with Lit­tle Bird SOS in the al­lot­ments. There’s lots for all to see and do. Look out for the flower ar­rows and pick up an event pass at the gate of Mount­fields Al­lot­ment or gar­den gates at 94, 100 or 134 Her­rick Road. £3. Chil­dren free.

The Grow Lough­bor­ough project orig­i­nates in the Na­tional Gar­den Scheme (NGS) Open Gar­dens that have been held in the town since 2013.

The NGS is a na­tional ini­tia­tive, with over 3,700 gar­dens, that open to raise funds for car­ing char­i­ties.

In 2013 Janet Cur­rie opened her home on 2013 at 134 Her­rick Road and was the first gar­den to do so in Lough­bor­ough and at­tracted hun­dreds of visi­tors dur­ing that week­end.

As well as pro­vid­ing tea and cakes, the week­end in­cluded a ‘Se­cret Craft Fair’.

Since then, the event has grown to in­clude col­lab­o­ra­tions with other part­ners in­clud­ing Lit­tle Bird SOS (LBSOS).

Grow Lough­bor­ough aims to bring to­gether and raise aware­ness of lo­cal projects work­ing to in­crease wellbe- ing, re­duce so­cial iso­la­tion, en­cour­age cre­ativ­ity and sup­port par­tic­i­pa­tion in com­mu­nity gar­den­ing.

The project has been grant funded via Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil Com­mu­nity Development Grant Scheme and the Lough­bor­ough Com­mu­nity Grants scheme.

Visit the web­site for more in­for­ma­tion www.growlough­bor­ough.org.uk

■ Grow, a week­end of open gar­dens, grow­ing, well­be­ing and cre­ativ­ity, is be­ing held in Lough­bor­ough

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