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Ashton community garden needs volunteers to grow
Tuesday 16th August 2016 @ 11:28 by Adam Higgins
Ashton News

A community garden in Ashton is appealing for volunteers and local businesses to lend their support to help it grow.  

The Gorsey Garden, on Gorsey Lane in Hazelhurst, are in need of donations of gardening tools, seeds, flowers and vegetables, as well as people to give their time to raise its profile.

The group’s Andrew Hunt told the Reporter: “We would like local volunteers to get involved to let people know what we do – particularly eco-warriors or anyone with a horticultural background.

“We are looking for regular annual sponsorship to raise money for some solar panels and turn the two garages we have into a social room for people to meet.

“In five or six years, our raised beds will need replacing so we’re trying to secure some long-term funding.

“Because of the recession, we rely on others to support us as a small group. It’s impossible to apply for any funding from the RHS or the Woodland Trust because we don’t match their long criteria.

“We’re expanding all the time – we’ve been involved with local schools and allocated a corner of our walled garden to the nature group at Rosehill Methodist Community Primary School for all different age groups.”

Created in 2013, the garden – which is affiliated with New Charter Housing – is in its fourth growing season and is open all year round to everyone.

You can get involved by visiting the garden at any time during the week, leaving a message on their Facebook page or e-mailing [email protected].