BLACKPOOL is welcoming its first “edible” garden.
The community garden has been created within the grounds of Blackpool Centre for Independent Living in a bid to encourage adults with disabilities to turn their hand to horticulture.
The new garden is hoping to transform the grounds of the centre, and whilst creating a calm and tranquil environment for service users, it is hoped the food production aspect of the garden will assist with educational projects.
Coun Kath Rowson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for adult services, cut the first sod to start planting at the Whitegate Drive facility – a caring drop-in centre to assist adults with disabilities.
So far 20 apple trees have been planted at the garden but there is potential for further food growing activity in the future. Should private funding from sponsors be secured, allotments and raised planting beds could be added too.
Coun Rowson said: “It was a pleasure to break ground on this project which, I am sure, will have a huge impact at the centre.
“As well as the aesthetic benefits we hope the project will also be educational to service users and engage people from throughout the community.
“It was a pleasure to see so many people from the community attending the event and I thank them very much for coming along and being so enthusiastic.”
Children from the Speedwell Centre joined service users from the new Langdale Community-based Daytime Activity Service at the event and cleaned up an enormous amount of material to make the area suitable for growing trees.
Staff and service users have now agreed to hold more planting sessions and are planning further events for volunteers to take part in, allowing the “edible” garden to bring more people to the centre and receive the help they require.