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The official opening of Grapes Hill Community Garden in 2011, where local gardening expert Will Giles cut the ribbon at the gates of the garden oasis on the doorstep of Norwich city centre. Photo: Steve Adams.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Community Cash has long been helping voluntary groups and projects across Norwich to bloom – and this year’s £50,000 fund will be no different.
The Grapes Hill Community Garden is one project which has grown and flourished thanks in part to a generous sprinkling of Community Cash.
Applications for this year’s fund are now open, with groups from across the city urged to bid for a grant of up to £1,000 from Sport Relief to support their good work.
The Grapes Hill Community garden was created in 2011 from a patch of run-down land near the inner ring road, and is now a thriving green lung used by people of all ages.
Last year, the project received £1,000 to cover the rent on a garage where tools and equipment are stored.
Secretary Fran Ellington said: “It’s been essential for us. The garden benefits the whole neighbourhood and engenders pride in what is largely considered to be a rundown area. It also provides a green space for the many local people who live in council flats with no garden.”
The garden is tended by volunteers, who range in age from children to pensioners, who work in the garden regularly through the year.
It includes four raised beds, designed for wheelchair users, and another four which are available at minimal rent for the unemployed or those on low incomes.
Produce from the edible garden, which includes a mini orchard with apples, plums and cherries, is harvested and surplus produce is left at the garden gate.
Mrs Ellington said: “People can help themselves to the fruit and herbs we grow. We feel it is economically beneficial and promotes healthy eating for the community.”
The Grapes Hill Community Garden was one of 55 city groups which shared £50,000 of Comic Relief Community Cash last year, and applications are now open for this year’s fund.
Grants are available for groups working in disadvantaged areas of Norwich, and groups have until March 4 to apply.