I love stumbling across new and exciting initiatives around the city. So when I arrived at Hull Road Park in Tang Hall the other week to put up a poster, it was great to see all The Conservation Volunteers busy around the park gardening and making the place look good.
I then noticed three big new raised planters outside the Choose2Youth cafe full of beans, beetroot, mange toute, potatoes, herbs and more just at the side of the tennis courts. People were busy working on them and having a sneaky taste at the same time.
Rachel from The Conservation Volunteers filled me in.
“We’re growing vegetables for the cafe to use directly and for volunteers to take home with them. We want to offer the skills of growing to people and provide fresh vegetables at the same time.
“All our volunteers are making a positive difference to ensuring the park is attractive and well kept for all. We like to give back by sharing a fresh lunch together in the cafe.”
“Getting out in the fresh air and nurturing plants is great for your mental wellbeing as well as feeding our physical self!”
The park volunteering project was funded by Growing Green Spaces.
The Conservation Volunteers meet every Thursday between 10.30am and 2pm at Hull Road Park and they are always looking for new volunteers. If you would like to get involved just come along or get in touch with Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget, you’re in are for a great free lunch if you volunteer!