Community Garden Makers

Throughout the last quarter Community Garden Makers (CGM) have helped local residents create a new herb garden at Whinney Hill Park Community Centre at Brighouse.

We led a community consultation including a welly walk through a woodland in Stacksteads, collecting leaves along the way that children then made into leaf crowns. A consultation over a cream tea followed to determine the current use of the woodland and to ascertain if anyone was interested in getting involved with a development plan to make the woodland more accessible and family friendly.

In August the CGM team headed off to Barnoldswick Beach we had a riotous afternoon recycling plastic bottles into fish to swim in the ocean garden in the towns market square.
We spent time with families in Bacup Library creating sunny Sunflower masks as part of the Bacup SOS project.

We held the great judging day on 10 September where the CGM team along with Tricia Brindle, Newgrounds external funding manager & official SOS judge toured Bacup to find the tallest sunflower, the most creative container and the craftiest category. We had an outstanding winner 5 year old Fraser Haworth grew Russian Giants of almost 4 metres in his grandparents garden. He was thrilled to win vouchers from Dansworks and chose Street Dancing lessons as his prize. In the schools category Northern Primary won a Bee Friendly Container garden created by Cath Benson CGM project officer and an All About Bees workshop from the Bees Beyond the Borough Project at Offshoots. Other winners were local residents and the firemen who were great competitors planting sunflowers on top of their tower. The prizes were generously donated through the Bacup Business Association and Morrisons store donated compost and long life bags to Sharneyford School who not having a school garden created a blooming lovely show of sunflowers and wildflowers in the bags.

The project was successful in working with the local community to sow over 3000 seeds and despite the terrible summer many sunflowers made a stunning Autumn display with some still flowering now in October!

CGM have continued to support residents at the gardening project at Bacup Family Centre and also visited tenants at Shawforth Allotments and Cockcroft Wilkinson flats in Todmorden and Greenbrook sheltered housing scheme, Whitworth to see how we can support them with their gardening ambitions.

A six week Edible Balcony project we planned for Mixenden Flats was cancelled after the second week due to poor attendance.


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