Chance to get involved in The Cheltenham Garden Share Scheme
KEEN gardeners can gather together to discuss sharing land to grow food as part of an innovative new scheme.
The Cheltenham Garden Share Scheme seeks to unite garden owners with people who want to roll up their sleeves and start planting.
Led by not-for-profit organisation Vision 21 – and backed by the Echo – it aims to pair people who want to grow their own food with home owners who are willing to share their garden for the purpose of growing vegetables.
Three public meetings will now take place to bring people together.
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The first takes place at the Stanton Room in Charlton Kings on Monday, while the second is on Tuesday at Brizen Young People's Centre in Up Hatherley Way. Both meetings take place at 6.30pm, as does the third gathering, which is at Hester's Way Resource Centre in Cassin Drive.
Claire Mitchell, Vision 21's office manager, said: "We want to bring people together who live in Cheltenham and are interested in garden sharing.
"The aim of the scheme is to connect people who have a garden they wish to share with people who want space to predominantly grow food. The scheme is not for garden owners who are looking for someone to tend their garden."
The initial idea for the sharing scheme came from former Mayor of Cheltenham Councillor Barbara Driver (C, Lansdown) and is based on an existing project called Landshare, which was launched by TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Vision 21 has taken the lead on trying to make the Garden Share scheme a reality.
It is hoped the great garden share will bring a number of benefits both to the community and individuals, including helping to reduce some people's feelings of isolation and to promote healthy eating.
The project is also being supported and administered by the NHS, Cheltenham Borough Council, Hester's Way Resource Centre, and Gloucestershire County Council.