17th Oct, 2017

Going is tough so church gets growing using lottery grant

Coventry Editorial 23rd Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A PROJECT aimed at running an allotment for the community is set to grow after a £10,000 lottery grant.

Bethel Evangelical Church’s Get Growing scheme will try to help tackle food poverty in the Tile Hill and Spon End areas of the city.

Project organisers will run volunteer sessions and work with a qualified gardener to teach people how to grow, use and store fresh produce.

It is one of 120 projects celebrating a share of £1million across the West Midlands from the Big Lottery Fund

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Elizabeth Hall, from the Bethel Evangelical Church, said: “Having carried out a pilot project for over a year it soon became clear to us there was a real need and desire for people to get involved with growing their own fruit and vegetables in a way that is realistic and accessible to them.

“We also realised from our experience that growing your own fruit and vegetables not only has physical and nutritional health benefits, but it can also contribute towards positive mental health.”

She added: “We will now be able to structurally improve the double allotment plot that we rent in Tile Hill.

“It is already a beautiful allotment – it has a mixture of flowers, a wildlife area including a pond, as well as a large number of food growing beds.

Growing potential

“We will also now be able to add a large potting shed and a new poly-tunnel that will make the site usable in all weathers for our volunteers and visitors alike, as well as maximising our food growing potential.”

Big Lottery Fund director Lyn Cole added: “Tackling food poverty is becoming a challenge for some of our local communities.

“The Get Growing project is an excellent initiative encouraging people to develop food growing skills.”

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