Community Garden Project Flourishes Thanks To Council Funding

16/05/24 - A community garden project in Kimberley has grown from strength to strength over the last year thanks to a £4,000 grant from Broxtowe Borough Council’s UK Shared Prosperity Funding.

Kimberley Community Garden Project have used the funding to improve the site, at Swingate Allotments, including building a pond, erecting fencing and purchasing cooking equipment to make the space more enjoyable and secure.

As well as site improvements, the grant has enabled new group sessions to take place, giving people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn new skills and enjoy the great outdoors, including:

  • Weekly volunteering opportunities
  • Additional needs school gardening group who now visit weekly
  • Pre-school nature group
  • Home education nature group
  • Group for adults with Parkinsons disease
  • Seasonal activities open to the whole community

The group received the grant through the Good Ideas Fund, which Broxtowe Borough Council established as a way to distribute a substantial portion of the area’s UKSPF funding allocation for 2022/23.

The team at Kimberley Community Garden said: “The space is flourishing and with the funding from this project we have been able to create a space that anyone and everyone from the community can to benefit from.”

Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Councillor Milan Radulovic MBE said: “This project really highlights why we set up the Good Ideas Fund in the first place. We have some incredibly talented people in our community who can take a simple idea and make it something really special for others to get involved in, support those who have disabilities or health conditions, inspire the next generation or simply provide a space to socialise and stay connected. It’s great to see and we have some equally fantastic projects which we are funding as part of our 2024/25 allocation of UKSPF Funding to benefit local people over the next 12 months.”

As part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, Broxtowe will receive a total of £2,584,477 over a three-year period. Projects for the third year 2024/5, including local business and skills support, will total £1.6m.

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