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You’ll be able to take a bite out of this Norwich park

PUBLISHED: 12:15 16 December 2011

The waste land behind the former Tudor Hall nightclub which will be a community garden.
Photo by Simon Finlay

The waste land behind the former Tudor Hall nightclub which will be a community garden. Photo by Simon Finlay

Archant Norfolk

The group behind an exciting edible garden project in Norwich are starting work on one which will be open to anyone to stroll through.

As reported in The Evening News, Norwich volunteer group Fifth Quarter – who charge themselves with rejuvenating the area around King Street – have created a community garden in Parmentergate Court, on Mountergate, right, where people can grow their own fruit and veg.

That garden has been a success, but while it was intended exclusively for the residents of Parmentergate Court, this latest one will see a neighbouring patch of wasteland found at the back of the former Peppermint Park nightclub in Rose Lane, below right, transformed into a fully open space, more an edible public park than a garden.

At the heart of the volunteer group is 48-year-old Richard Southwood, from just off Bluebell Road, who obtained a grant from lottery-funded charity UnLtd to become a social entrepreneur, creating community gardens and benefiting local areas.

Mr Southwood said: “It’s about taking community spaces not in use and putting them to use for the community. This will be for people to sit and relax, walk along, or pick fruit if they want to.”

Major planting work begins after Christmas, with work to be completed before summer 2012.


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