Consultations under way on new community garden

Local residents were invited to Lowerhouse Community Centre in Leyland to see development plans for the Fox Lane Gardens scheme.'Local resident Barbara Baldwin fills in a questionnaire watched by Community Gardener Tom Wilkinson.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-1-2018
Local residents were invited to Lowerhouse Community Centre in Leyland to see development plans for the Fox Lane Gardens scheme.'Local resident Barbara Baldwin fills in a questionnaire watched by Community Gardener Tom Wilkinson. PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-1-2018
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An exciting project to develop a new community garden in Leyland has been launched.

Consultation events for the scheme - off Fox Lane - have already started.

The latest one took place at Lowerhouse Community Centre on Saturday.

Another consultation event will be held at The Place community centre, Royal Avenue, Leyland, on Friday, January 26, from 1pm to 6pm.

Pennine Lancashire Community Farm are working with Progress Housing Group to create the garden.

The funding for the scheme is being provided by Progress Housing and United Utilities and managed by Community Foundation.

Community gardener Tom Wilkinson said: “We are currently at the consultation stage. We aim to gather as much feedback as possible to help shape the design.

“In this way the local community are involved in the creation of the garden right from the beginning. By the start of February we will have a draft design for the site which will be reviewed in collaboration with all interested groups. A finalised design will then be produced.”

He added: “Work on the garden will then begin early February. We will be working with local groups and volunteers to landscape and plant up the garden. This will provide an opportunity for people to gain new skills, get outdoors and socialise. We are recruiting for volunteers in and around the area to help create the garden.”

Anyone who is interested can contact Tom on 01282 421690 or email gardener.pennine@gmail.com. You can also check out Facebook: /PLCommunityfarm.org.

Tom continued: “Once completed we will be running weekly horticulture sessions at the garden where people can come along and learn about horticulture and other aspects of maintaining the site. These sessions will run for a full year with an aim to empower the local community to run their community garden.”

Pennine Lancashire Community Farm uses outdoor space to bring people together. Its aims to promote social inclusion, sustainability - of a community - and education. It was established in February 2002 becoming a registered charity in February 2011.

It currently operate on a number of sites across Burnley and Pendle, working with an average of 750 individuals a year. This includes children, young people, BME community members, adults with mental health difficulties, adults with disabilities, adults recovering from substance misuse, young offenders, asylum seekers, for example.