Reap the benefits of sharing your garden

January 30 2014

A NEW project is giving owners of unused gardens the opportunity to share their space with local growers, in return for a proportion of the produce.

A NEW project is giving owners of unused gardens the opportunity to share their space with local growers, in return for a proportion of the produce.
The Friendly Garden Share project puts owners of underused gardens in touch with local growers who require a plot.
The project is running across Redland, Cotham and Westbury Park.
Organisers are also seeking garden share co-ordinators to provide advice on combining resources to grow and share fresh, healthy produce in a cost effective way.
The role involves interviewing residents at their homes who wish to partake in the project, and endeavouring to make the best match.
Lou Brown, a garden share co-ordinator of four years, said: "The experience has been profoundly positive and there have honestly been no drawbacks.
"All the gardeners and the many garden owners have worked and shared their spaces with respect and commitment."
Co-ordinators will be provided with a web page for the area they cover, and guidance on which questions to ask when gathering information for potential matches.
For more information on becoming a gardener, garden provider, or co-ordinator, visit: www.friendlygardenshare.org.uk or contact Chris Forster on 07792 394271.