Stay healthy when you grow your own at park

At the Gardening Club at Park View4U are (from left) Catherine Blackburn, Anne Aitken, Pia Ashton, Cath Powell and Ted Charnley.

At the Gardening Club at Park View4U are (from left) Catherine Blackburn, Anne Aitken, Pia Ashton, Cath Powell and Ted Charnley.

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THINGS are on the up at Park View 4U in Lytham.

A polytunnel for keen gardeners to start growing their own vegetables, fruit and flowers in has been put up on the parkland in time for Spring.

The new addition to the site is part of the park’s Growing Up gardening club, a community project to encourage people to grow their own and keep healthy and active.

The project doesn’t just shorten distances of food miles but also distances between members of the community, bringing people of all ages together.

Cath Powell, community development manager for Park View, said: “It’s really, really popular, a great way of meeting friends.

“In just few months we’ve turned the area around and it looks amazing compared to how it was.”

The growing project has had a total of £20,000 funding from the Big Lottery Local Food Grant to build a Community Kitchen Garden and Edible Avenue.

The polytunnel is just one of many additions to the area, including new pathways, raised beds, an avenue of fruit trees, seating areas and an outside classroom.

A pizza oven and apple press are also due to be installed on the site, on Park View Playing Fields.

Organsiers have said they would be happy to add to the current weekly sessions on Monday afternoons, from 1.30pm, should more people wish to contribute to the club.

Cath added: “There’s a lot of interest but there’s no reason why we can’t do them where the demand is, we’ll do more because as we get going there’s going to be lots and lots to do.”

From April Grow Blackpool’s Alan Hulme, who trained at the Royal Botanical Gardens, will be giving weekly talks and hands on gardening advice on Mondays.

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