Free herbs and vegetables will be on offer in Sprowston later this summer thanks to young gardeners helping with Sprowston’s Grow Your Community greenhouse project, supported by Broadland District Council.
The young volunteers, members of the Sprowston Youth Engagement Project (SYEP), have made a raised bed beside the road at the project’s base, the Sprowston Community Hub, on Aslake Close.
Once the plants have matured, members of the public will be welcome to help themselves, leaving a donation if they’re able, according to project co-ordinator Mike Ellard.
The project – which makes use of two redundant greenhouses and surrounding land – is going from strength to strength, according to retired horticulturalist Mike.
Tomato, pepper and courgette plants, bedding plants, hanging baskets, fresh lettuce and rhubarb have all been selling well on the project’s trolley which goes out at weekends outside the hub. Proceeds are ploughed back into the project.
The young group has also been working on a trial vegetable patch which only needs 30 minutes’ attention each week. They have also been experimenting with growing edible lupins.
“Our wild patch has started to flower which was once a lifeless piece of ground,” Mike added.
GREEN FINGERS: volunteers planting one of the project’s raised vegetable beds.