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Grozone keeps growing
9:10am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A FLORAL calendar, pizza bed, and storytelling zones are among the offshoots at a Northwich community garden which keeps on growing.
Volunteers at Grozone, near Vickersway Park, came up with some innovative and unique ideas for the project when it was awarded £49,190 from Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN).
Andy Martin, Grozone project manager, said: “Our regular volunteers have all been amazed at the recent transformation and really appreciate the difference that the WREN funding has made.
“The garden is alive with dragonflies, bees, and butterflies all doing their bit to help.
“The improvements will enhance the experience of the many visitors, human or otherwise, who come to the garden.”
New features have been designed to make sure that there is something interesting and enjoyable for everyone.
The floral calendar, created by volunteers working with artists from Changing Gear, is a flower bed divided into 12 sections and planted with different flowers that will bloom each month.
There is also a sensory planting area, wheelchair accessible paths and picnic tables, bike and mobility scooter shelter and four accessible growing beds, which mean people with different sized wheelchairs and pushchairs can garden at a comfortable height.
“Grozone is a green get away for body and soul, and a huge community asset,” said Russell Kirk, from Changing Gear.
Other additions will make Grozone more exciting for younger visitors in future, such as new den building and storytelling areas and a pizza bed growing pizza topping ingredients.
New ponds, stream enhancements, wild flower meadows, a nectar rich bed, a fern grotto and an orchard have also improved the garden for wildlife.
Richard Smith, grant manager for WREN, said “Grozone has been a fantastic success and WREN are proud to have been involved.
“Not only has a first class facility been created for the community but a huge number of training and volunteering opportunities have been created which have benefitted a massive range of people.”
Anyone who would like to volunteer at Grozone should visit a session, which are run from 10am to 3pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays, ring Andy on 01606 723168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone with information about grant funding for the project should email email@example.com.
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