In 2014 upon recognizing that there was a lack of social facilities in the Scholemoor area the Community Links Team at Creative Support hosted an open house launch event at Scholemoor Beacon community centre. From the event what was ascertained was the desire for a community Allotment Garden in Scholemoor.
In addition to the open event, a door knock has been carried out by Creative support and the Community wardens asking residents if they would like to be involved in setting up a community garden. Currently we have 50 residents willing to volunteer and manage the garden once completed.
This project will transform what can only be described as an unsightly “dumping ground” into a mini oasis. It will bring the area to life and provide a welcome space for people to meet and socialise giving the opportunity to exercise, spend time with others, make new friends and enjoy being part of a community.
Once the project is funded we will be able to establish the community garden, this will prevent it from being used for fly-tipping. The funding will provide opportunities for activities which will help volunteers to socialise and make new friends bringing the community together for a shared goal. Not only will we have a more engaged community but this will also give the volunteers a chance to exercise and share skills. This all makes for a healthier, happier and closer community.
After the first year the completed project will be handed over to a community group that will maintain and manage the allotment, this will empower the local community to benefit from the project for the foreseeable future.
A community group has been established and is called “Creative Allotments”. The group have made a partnership with “In-Communities” who own the land and support resident groups. Further support is also available from the “Participate Project” and “Creative Support” if required.
Creative Allotments is a fully constituted group with a chair, sectary, treasurer and bank account. They will take over the day to day running and management of the allotment once completed and handed over by “Creative Support” after the first year.
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