Work has begun to create a new community garden in Blackpool.
For many years the large communal area surrounding Ibbison Court has been used as little more than a pathway.
Now, thanks to a unique partnership involving the community and a number of organisations, the area is being transformed. A new community garden has been created and is being used to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents, enabling them to learn how to grow and harvest their own fresh fruit and vegetables.
A huge team of people were on hand recently to install raised plant beds and trellises and to plant a variety of fruit trees. Pathways are also being improved to ensure that it’s accessible and suitable for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in.
Early in the New Year, Groundwork’s Grow Blackpool Team will be working with local volunteers to provide regular drop in sessions for the wider community to come along and learn gardening skills. The site will eventually be maintained and managed by the local community.
The project has been funded by Blackpool Council and is being delivered by Groundwork in partnership with Blackpool Council, Blackpool Coastal Housing and local residents group, Revoelution.
Groundwork’s Director of Communities, Mike Crowther said: “The aim of the garden is not just to improve the appearance of the local environment, but to provide opportunities for the community to become healthier and more active. As we’ve seen this morning, it will also bring people together and it’s great to see the enthusiasm of local residents and so many of them already getting involved.”
Cllr Eddie Collett, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We’re very pleased to have been able to work with Groundwork, BCH and Revoelution to deliver this project. Developing healthy lifestyles through outdoor activity and healthy eating are really important.”
Local ward councillors, Graham Cain and John Jones, who work closely with the Revoelution group and helped dig the first sod when work began, were present at the opening and will now continue to support local residents in their efforts to grow fruit and vegetables at the garden.