The Hub Garden has developed over the last two years. Initially a stretch of uneven grass and a car parking area littered with rubble, The Hub now has a small ‘allotment’ area.
We were fortunate to receive a grant from the Realise Foundation which paid for the purchase and installation of perimeter railings. The apprentices cleared all the rubbish and tidied the garden to make it safe for children to play.
A grant from 1000 lives provided Lead to Change with the funding to set up an allotment area on the yard side of the building. This has provided the local community with an opportunity to grow their own fruit and vegetables. We are indebted to Heron Cross Allotments for their support in this venture and while we experience some difficulties with the position of the ‘allotment’ we will continue to develop our own food production at The Hub. We have successfully grown strawberries, peppers, chives, lettuces, rocket, basil, tomatoes, rhubarb, broad beans, blackcurrants and blackberries.
This summer we are growing potatoes, onions, courgettes, cauliflowers and caubergines in addition to tomatoes, cucumbers and a variety of herbs. Any produce that has not been taken from our garden has been prepared and frozen so that our older residents can share in home grown and cooked meals during the winter months.
We have partnered with Growthpoint who are creating a permanent path in the grassed area so that it is accessible to all. This is work in progress. Growthpoint have part levelled the land but there is still more work to be completed. The area is very dry and not suitable for planting the new seeds. This work will be completed by October 2018.