This year the Island’s Adopt-A-Garden project was able to offer free training to new would-be gardeners thanks to funding from The Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food Programme.
The Adopt-A-Garden’s ‘Can you Dig It?’ scheme has trained a number of people who had little or no experience of growing their own food and matched some of them up with a suitable local growing space. These novice gardens have saved over £240 on their vegetable bills. Some 200 kilos of food has been grow, cooked and eaten and vegetable bills reduced by between 25% and 40%.
One student has managed to get an allotment and others have started growing food in their own gardens. 2 people used part of an allotment for the season, as a result of which 1 then got a permanent allotment. 1 young person, who was lined up to adopt a garden, got a College course.
One student set up her own catering business, www.dairycottagekitchen.co.uk focusing on using locally grown and raised produce.
Another person has now out-grown their own garden and wants to adopt a garden as well.
8 families have benefited from the training scheme and some have been matched up with elderly families, who in turn have benefited from having their gardens tended.
Speaking for the Adopt-A-Garden scheme Don Roe said
“Thanks to funding received from the Big Lottery’s Local Food Fund we have been able to train people of all ages in some basic gardening skills. As a bonus others have come forward to join the scheme and one person has set up a new catering business…”
For more details of the scheme and future free training please contact Don or Ray on 82-22-82 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see one of Adopt-A-Garden’s success stories here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWD9CBDX0gw
Notes to Editors:
RSWT: The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (which administers the Local Food Fund) is a registered charity, incorporated by Royal Charter, to promote conservation and manage environmental programmes throughout the whole of the UK. It has established management systems for holding and distributing funds totalling more than £20 million annually to environmental projects across the UK.
Changing Spaces programme: The Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme was launched in November 2005 to help communities enjoy and improve their local environments. The programme funds a range of activities from local food schemes and farmers markets, to education projects teaching people about the local environment.
The Big Lottery Fund: Is the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors, has been rolling out £2 million in Lottery good cause money every 24 hours to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Dairy Cottage Kitchen was launched in May 2011 offering dinner parties, workshops and demonstrations using fresh Isle of Wight produce from small producers.