Planting begins in the kitchen garden

Members of gardening club at Park View 4U have started planting fruit and plants in the new kitchen garden.
Members of gardening club at Park View 4U have started planting fruit and plants in the new kitchen garden.
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The sun started shining with perfect timing this week, just in time for National Gardening Week – and for a gardening club to start planting.

The gardening club at Park View 4U, in Lytham, got to work on their new kitchen garden, the latest in a long line of gardening and outdoor projects at the centre.

Horticulturalist Alan Hulme led sessions on how to plant fruit trees, fruit bushes and strawberries on Monday afternoon and Tuesday evening. Members of the club also filled the area’s borders with decorative plants.

Cath Powell, community centre development manager at Park View, added: “We also hope to start planting our Bee Friendly Garden this week in order to encourage these vital pollinators to our garden and to produce a year round supply of nectar.”

The kitchen garden is just one part of the grounds of Park View 4U, in the Queen Elizabeth II playing fields, off Park View Road, Lytham.

The gardening club has been helped on its way by a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery fund’s Local Food Program.

Future sessions, called Growing Up, are running for the next four weeks, led by Alan Hulme and will include how to make containers from pallets, building willow arches and planting wild flowers, herb growing and drying and wild foraging.

Mrs Powell added: “The idea of the new kitchen garden and the Growing Up project is that people of all ages can come together to work on this exciting project.

“Through the gardening club, older members of the community can pass knowledge to the younger ones.”

Places on Growing Up are free but must be booked. Contact (01253) 741955 or cath@parkview4u.org.uk.

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