Cafe saves neglected community garden

A Gardening Café has been established in a suburb of Sheffield to attract local people of all ages to regenerate the community garden.

Beighton Tenants and Residents Association (TARA) have launched the café in partnership with Grow Sheffield and Westfield Sports College.  The students will cook and serve produce grown in the garden to elderly residents who visit.

Grow Sheffield raises awareness of the benefits of growing, harvesting and sharing food in the city. They provide the opportunity for anyone to gain support for the growing of chemical-free fresh fruit and vegetables – all to help build healthy communities.

Grow Sheffield’s community growers co-ordinator will show residents who don’t have an allotment or garden how to grow their own food.

The garden at Beighton had been neglected so Grow Sheffield purchased trees, herbs and seeds and, along with the students and volunteers from the Beighton Environment Group, cleared the garden, planted it up and harvested the crops.

Gabriel Ash’s Robin Parker commented: “Gardens and gardening can really bring people together in any community.  Why not have a community get together in yours?”