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Growing a lifelong love of nature in Barnsley

We have given funds to help Royd Garden Community Group in Millhouse Green, Barnsley create raised beds and support young volunteers in learning about nature.

The group is mainly for the group’s younger volunteers and aims to help them learn new gardening skills and grow, nurture, feed and take responsibility for growing their own vegetables. Initially, the children will work with a local gardener who will teach the volunteers how to look after vegetables, with the aim of encouraging healthy lifestyles.

When school was closed during lockdown, children from the same household began to help the gardener collect cut grass and they will now be responsible for looking after the first of the raised beds. Three raised beds will enable three different families to have their own vegetable garden. Parents and other green-fingered local residents who belong to the group will continue to help the children, ensuring that social distancing rules are followed.

Our Community garden opened in August 2017 and we started with 20 fruit trees and three very large planters for herbs. We have now gained funds from Henry Boot Construction for three raised plant beds. This is wonderful news, thank you so much. Not only will this enhance the look of our garden, but more importantly will teach our children how to self-grow, nurture and feed themselves from the land.

Helen Townsend, Member of the Incredible Edible Scheme

The garden provides vital green space for the community
Three raised beds will allow three families to grow and nurture their own vegetables

Incredible Edible started 10 years ago, with the vision of creating kind, confident and connected communities through the power of food. With communities across the country turning local areas into allotments and growing their own edible foods, the scheme is helping encourage happy, healthy and prosperous lives.

The garden on New Royd can be seen on the Love Where you Live video which promotes community initiatives.