Wilmslow Community Market Garden finalist in BBC Make A Difference Awards

Volunteers from Wilmslow Community Market Gardens, part of local charity Transition Wilmslow, are keeping everything crossed for a win at the BBC Make A Difference Awards In Manchester on Friday night.

Celebrating people who are going above and beyond to make a difference where you live, the awards give and provide an opportunity to show appreciation for people who want to make life better for others.

Finalists in the 'Green' Award category, the volunteers are hoping for a win to celebrate the successes and work of those involved with the gardens.

Andrew Backhouse, Oakenclough Garden leader, said "We're really pleased to have made the final shortlist for these awards. Our community gardens really are for everyone to enjoy and it's great to have the volunteers' work recognised."

There are three community gardens in Wilmslow with the largest at Oakenclough Family Hub. Fruit and vegetables are grown and tended by volunteers with produce shared with visitors to the garden, volunteers, the Oakenclough café, the Hope Central Food Bank and occasionally at Wilmslow Artisan Market.

In addition to setting up and running the gardens to help produce food locally and sustainably, the garden team have this year run a new pilot programme at the Family Hub called Plot to Plate. This has seen families come to the gardens during the summer holidays to pick, prepare and eat the vegetables with the help of local chef Jonathan Collins.

To date 52 adults and children have enjoyed learning about the food that we grow and there are plans to run the sessions again next year.

The gardens run sessions each week and are always keen for new volunteers. All ages and abilities are welcome so why not come along andsee what's growing on your doorstep? Email [email protected] for full details of session times.


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