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Creativity is key for Chester Growing Spaces project

27 April 2017
Graffiti at Lache allotment

Young people and families in Chester have made their creative mark on Lache allotment as part of the local Growing Spaces project.

What is Growing Spaces?

Run by Sanctuary Housing and delivered in partnership with Hoole Allotment and Garden Association (HAGA), Growing Spaces makes use of former garage sites and turns them into viable and sustainable urban community allotments.

Growing Spaces at Lache allotment

Lache allotment is just one of four Sanctuary Growing Spaces sites across Chester, offering local residents of all ages the opportunity to grow their own produce with support and training to make the most of their local green space.

With the help of local artist Graffiti Dave, the group of youngsters and their families animated a steel container placed at the allotment site with a design they had come up with themselves.

The design featured vibrant images of fruit and vegetables currently grown in the allotment, gardening tools, green hand prints to represent leaves and the name of the project in bright eye-catching font.

“Hugely successful Growing Spaces project”

Libbie Stock, Sanctuary Housing’s youth engagement officer, said: “It was great to see so many young people and their families keen to get involved in this project. They all worked together to come up with a fantastic design that can’t be missed and will ensure everyone knows about the hugely successful Growing Spaces project.

“The painting has completely transformed the steel container, which will be used for secure storage, and will provide an exciting background for people using the allotment.”

“Engaged with young people”

Graffiti Dave commented: “It was great to work in my local community running a session that engaged with young people living around me. It gave them an opportunity to be involved as part of a bigger project and also learn about safety when carrying out this type of work.”


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