Community Garden Set To Bear Fruit

New Community Garden in Blackpool

Work has begun to create a new community garden in Blackpool. 

For many years the large communal area surrounding Ibbison Court has been used as little more than a pathway. Now, thanks to a unique partnership involving the community and a number of organisations, the area is being transformed. A new community garden has been created and is being used to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents, enabling them to learn how to grow and harvest their own fresh fruit and vegetables. 

The project has been funded by Blackpool Council’s Public Health Team and is being delivered by Groundwork in partnership with Blackpool Council, Blackpool Coastal Housing and local residents group, Revoelution. A huge team of people including representatives from all of the partners and local volunteers recently installed raised plant beds and trellises and to plant a variety of fruit trees. Pathways are also being improved to ensure that it’s accessible and suitable for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in. 

Groundwork’s Grow Blackpool Team are working with local volunteers to provide regular drop in sessions for the wider community to come along and learn gardening skills. The site will eventually be maintained and managed by the local community. 

“The aim of the garden is not just to improve the appearance of the local environment, but to provide opportunities for the community to become healthier and more active. As we’ve already seen, it will also bring people together and it’s great to see the enthusiasm of local residents and so many of them already getting involved”.

Groundwork’s Director of Communities, Mike Crowther

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