Food waste composter kick starts the restoration of a walled community garden

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Living Potential are creating a community garden space by restoring an 1850s walled garden. In spring 2024, the walled garden will open to the public for the first time in over 175 years, becoming an inclusive, intergenerational and diverse community asset, where nature and people flourish side by side.

The project has received funding from the Naturesave Trust to invest in tools and resources to help kickstart our community garden. The grant has been used to purchase a Ridan Food Waste Composter to take food waste from the kitchen of Woodhall Hotel & Spa. Andy Parkinson, Head Grower at Living Potential, is excited to begin this relationship with the staff at Woodhall, stating: “we want the community garden to be as sustainable as possible, and making our own compost is a vital step to reducing our inputs from external sources.” 

“Our aim is to work towards being a zero carbon and plastic free organisation. At present, we use very old plastic seed trays to grow vegetables. With funding, we now have Soil Blocker tools, which will significantly reduce our plastic use and provide a sustainable propagation solution that will last much longer than plastic seed trays or pots. They are also really useful for our members, people who live with significant challenges such as learning and/or physical disabilities, with one member stating ‘it’s so much easier and fun to use.”

Living Potential Care is a community interest company promoting the therapeutic effects of nature-based interventions. You can learn more about their work here.