Work has begun on a fantastic new enterprise allotment garden at Swanton’s All Saints Vicarage service in Tyne and Wear.
Service Manager Matthew Bell has been making plans to transform an undeveloped area of the grounds into an enterprise garden growing produce and blooms.
Having secured the funding to get started, Matthew and his project committee are busily preparing the land for contractors to move in to do some heavy lifting.
Liam and Josh, who are supported at All Saints, are getting stuck in and are both on the committee alongside two members of staff and one parent.
Matthew said the group are determined to push the project forwards so it can be opened during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration weekend in June.
Matthew said: “All our plans and dreams are about to become a reality now the work has started!
“Liam and Josh are both busy clearing the ground to help us get ready for the first major lot of work, and we’re grateful to have their input on the plans.
“We know what we want to achieve, but we need to work hard to get there by the time the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend arrives.”
The initial plan is to create an allotment garden that grows 50 per cent vegetables and 50 per cent flowers.
The produce will be used to create meals served at All Saints, while the flowers will go on sale to the local community.
Part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee plans involve encouraging people to plant trees to create a ‘green canopy’ across the country.
Matthew said that there will be a special VIP tree planting ceremony at All Saints in March, ahead of the official garden opening in the summer.
Matthew added: “We’ve got lots planned for our celebrations, and it’s going to be a fantastic event.
“What’s terrific about the All Saints Vicarage Jubilee Garden is that it’s going to create incredible opportunities now and in the future.
“Once it’s up and running, we’ll be inviting people from Swanton services all across the region to come and learn about gardening in our safe space.
“We see this as a project for everyone to come and share some great experiences and enjoy time in our beautiful garden.”