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Studley Green gets charity backing to grow more fruit and veg

Residents in Studley Green are invited to roll up their sleeves and join a weekly gardening group to grow their own fruit and vegetables, with support from local charity Trowbridge Future.


The charity has funding from Selwood Housing, a not-for-profit housing association with properties in Studley Green, to work with residents who want to join the Grow for it! Gardening Club.


The aim is that fruit and veg grown at the raised beds in Kingswood Chase will be shared among local people through the Community Fridge, which the charity runs at The Cabin on Studley Green (next to the BMX track) every Tuesday.


“Gardening has so many benefits for mental and physical health, and we are really excited to launch this new project to give a helping hand to people who want to have a go at growing their own produce,” said Zoe Meaden, Communities Manager at Trowbridge Future.


“The area already has some enthusiastic growers who have got the idea off the ground, and we hope that this will soon be a thriving club for people of all ages and experience to enjoy, make new friendships, and feel the benefits of gardening.”


Trowbridge Future will work with residents to develop the gardening club through its Neighbourhoods programme, which aims to support residents to make improvements to their area. Selwood Housing is donating £30,000 to the Neighbourhoods programme in the next three years, to support schemes across Trowbridge. Jason Humphries, Neighbourhoods Team Manager at Selwood Housing, said: “Following the recent launch at the Neighbourhood Action Day in Studley Green in April, we’re delighted to be working with Zoe and the team at Trowbridge Future. Making the best use of our green areas and amenity spaces has positive impacts for customers, the community and the environment. We’re looking forward to supporting this initiative and seeing the different produce grown by the gardening club.”


The charity can supply basic gardening equipment, or bring your own, and welcomes donations of plants.


To find out more about about the Grow for it! Gardening Club email zoe@trowbridgefuture.org.uk or call 07728 362971. The first session will run every Wednesday from the beginning of July and people are invited to come along at 11am until 1pm time to get gardening.


Residents are also invited to meet the charity at its new Kindness Café open to all from 10am until 12 Noon every Thursday at the Studley Green Community Centre.


For more information about the charity’s activities visit www.trowbridgefuture.org.uk


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