Our GrowLER project (GROWing, Lifeskills, Experience and Relationships) began in January 2016 with the aim of giving local young people the opportunity to develop through experience with growing and nature.
The Bridge includes an area of land which was once used as allotments. From the start of the project we have worked to turn this land back into an area of cultivation, growing mostly food crops with the help of young people who volunteer on the project and learn through their time with us. Owing to its location behind The Hut, behind The Bridge, behind the public library, we have called this allotment area the ‘Hidden Garden’.
This year we have enjoyed a bumper crop of broad beans, purple sprouting broccoli, rainbow chard, garden peas and are waiting to see how well our potatoes are faring – the plants and flowers are gorgeous. We hope to be able to at least match the donation we made to the local Food Bank last year.