A scheme that helps people discover the health benefits of gardening has received a funding boost to enable it to continue its good work.
The Ashfield Study Centre Project, based at Northern View, Carsic and Stoneyford Road Allotment Association, has bought a new rotovator thanks to a donation from Veolia Environmental Services.
The rotavator will help members with digging up allotment plots, while the £400 donation from the EnviroGrant scheme has also enabled the purchase of flooring and lining for the corrugated iron shed on site.
Project organiser Michael Langridge, said: “We as a group can have an idea, but without there being people who support you with either funds of their time then the idea just remains an idea.
“The generosity of the community and grants has helped us achieve everything we have done today.”
The Ashfield Study Centre Project started in August 2007 with the aim of developing a fully-inclusive community gardening area to help local people discover the benefits of gardening for the mind and body. It works with local schools and the Ashfield-based SPACE Centre.
Kevin Parker, from Veolia, said: “We are thrilled to have helped the Allotment Association continue its work on their vision of a community gardening project.”