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Published on May 31st, 2013 | by James Clarke

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Organic community garden launch next week!

Wednesfield’s first organic community garden, which we first mentioned back in January is set to launched with a week of events.

The garden in Lich Avenue (on the Moathouse Estate) is a joint project, involving community organisation Our Own Future and charity Catch 22, as well as Wolverhampton Homes and Wednesfield & Fallings Park Local Neighbourhood Partnership.

Since the disused allotment  site was first identified at the Make:Shift event in September 2012 lots of work has gone into securing the site for community use.

For more background on the project, check out Our Own Future’s website.

Come and get your hands dirty

A week of events will take place at the garden from 3rd – 7th June 2013. This will give local people the chance to find out how the garden will developed in the future and people are being invited to come and get their hands dirty.

BBC WM 95.6 will be covering the event with radio broadcasts during the week and we will have other local groups getting involved to give guidance and help out.

How to get involved

Here’s the kind of help neeeded:

Gardeners – Whether you have experience or are a novice, we would welcome your involvement to help shape the newly cleared area of land that Wolverhampton Homes has allowed us to use. We would like to invite Wednesfield residents but welcome residents of other areas if you would like to take part.

Builders – If you are looking to gain experience in this area, we will have Timken Construction Village working with us to offer support to build a greenhouse, shelter, tool shed and other useful constructions for the garden.

Donations – If you have any garden tools that you no longer need, you can drop them off before the event at Ashmore Park Community Centre, Griffiths Drive, Ashmore Park, WV11 2JL on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10am and 1pm. (Tel: 01902 552 490) Alternatively, you can bring them along during the week.

We are also looking for people to coordinate activities that will take place, to help organise a successful week so if you would like to become involved in some way, please get in touch.

Wednesfield High School will also be involved in this event as they will have a section of the garden allocated to continue their work of growing food to make into soup for the homeless and will be conducting other activities throughout the week.

If you would like to get involved, please send an email to ourownfuture@gmail.com.

Photo: Susy Morris @ Flickr.

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About the Author

Co-founder of WV11.co.uk. I live in Wednesfield and am involved in various community groups and associations. I build websites and develop digital marketing strategies for a living. When not writing for WV11 or attending meetings I play drums in my band Arbor Lights. I think Wednesfield is a great place, with a great sense of community and it isn't given the credit it deserves. Hopefully WV11.co.uk goes some way to fixing this!



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