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Sanctuary regeneration initiative grows across Chester

9 June 2015
Residents supporting the Growing Spaces initiative in Hoole

Green fingered residents from across Chester are taking part in a food growing initiative to transform disused sites in the area.

What is Sanctuary’s Growing Spaces project?

Sanctuary Housing’s Growing Spaces project is open to all and aims to turn disused garage sites and other unused spaces into neighbourhood green areas where residents can grow their own fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Two Sanctuary Growing Spaces projects in Chester

The successful initiative, which is now in its third year, has already seen the creation of green havens at Sanctuary sites in Upton and Vicars Cross, which now have communal growing bags, new water harvesting systems, sheds which have been donated and recycled green houses.

Third Sanctuary Growing Spaces site in Chester

Sanctuary has now launched its third site for residents in Hoole and held a wheelbarrow day when around 20 residents helped to makeover the space. The allotment site, between Bellard Drive and Linden Grove, is owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

From seed to plate support from HAGA

As well as being provided with their very own ‘growing patch’, local residents are being supported by experts from Hoole Allotment and Garden Association (HAGA), to develop their horticultural knowledge and skills, enabling them to undertake the entire growing process from ‘seed to plate’.

Sanctuary Growing Spaces events in Chester

A series of seed-planting workshops, social meet-ups and work parties will be taking place throughout 2015 across all three sites.

The Growing Spaces project is funded by the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust and is delivered by Sanctuary Housing in partnership with HAGA.

Sue Perry, Sanctuary Housing Growing Spaces coordinator, said: “We are seeking new growers for all three of our sites; our aim is to inspire growers and to promote learning and networking, so that volunteers can undertake the whole growing process throughout the year. The Growing Spaces project encourages complete novices as well as green fingered experts to get involved and to enjoy gardening by helping to develop their very own neighbourhood green space.”

To get involved in any of the Growing Spaces initiatives and to find out more about workshops and meeting up please call Sue Perry on: 07442 535354/ 0808 100 7701 or 01244 305503.  Email: Growing.Spaces@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.