Volunteers working on ‘Grow’ project at Fenside

Pictured, from back row, left, is Paul Featherstone, Carl Yeatman, Stephen Raven, Tina Glover, Caroline Wallis, Georgia Rivers and Luke Clayton.
Pictured, from back row, left, is Paul Featherstone, Carl Yeatman, Stephen Raven, Tina Glover, Caroline Wallis, Georgia Rivers and Luke Clayton.

Volunteers in the Fenside Grow and Community Blooms Project at Fenside Community Centre have completed the first stage of their project.

Working solidly since November to clear the area behind the centre and construct seven raised beds, the volunteers are now preparing to introduce plants and start growing vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Their celebrations come during Volunteers’ Week, an annual event that recognises the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK.

Asked what benefits they think the Fenside Grow Project has given them, volunteers Tina Glover and Paul Featherstone agreed it has both given them more confidence.

“The project is helping me to become more focused”, said Paul, who has been involved from the beginning of the project and helped to construct the shed, “and it keeps my mind occupied.”

Tina said the project has helped her to access training and improve her skills.

Caroline Wallis, project coordinator and volunteer, said: “The transformation is amazing. When I first visited in November, the area behind the centre was a mess with overgrown weeds, broken up tarmac and litter.

“Now we have a shed, some fantastic raised beds and a composting area. The difference this small group of volunteers has made is wonderful and I’m delighted to share in their celebration this week and will be giving everyone a Volunteers’ Week certificate to thank them for their contribution and commitment to improving their community.”

If you are interested in volunteering in your local community or improving your skills through training, there are a number of organisations who can help, such as the Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service or TaylorITEX.