Grow Your Own

Herdings Food Growers Project

  

About the project

The Herdings Food Growers project takes place at our lovely garden at Herdings Community and Heritage Centre on Morland Road. The project has been running for just under two years, and during this time the volunteers have developed the garden into a community growing space, containing raised beds, an orchard and a large polytunnel, where we grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables. The produce grown in the garden is distributed among the people who help, with any surplus being sold cheaply to people in the community. This helps tackle social isolation by enabling people to get involved in their local community, meet new people and build relationships, and gain new experiences and skills at the same time.

How do I get involved?

  • The sessions are at Herdings Community and Heritage Centre, Morland Road, S14 1TD, on Thursdays from 9:00am to 12.00pm and are free and open to all.
  • No previous experience of food growing is needed. Refreshments are provided to all volunteers.
  • If you are interested in attending a session then please call our Health Practitioner Kim on (0114) 239 8946 or email kim.hinchliffe@gvcf.org.uk

“I don’t mind a bit of hard work” says one volunteer on the food growing project: “I did a bit of gardening back when I was at school, and always really enjoyed it, so it’s really nice to be able to revisit that now. I’ve already taken some bits home to cook with – like sprouts and rocket.”

Herding’s Makers Project

About the project

The Makers Project takes place alongside the Growers Project at Herdings Community and Heritage Centre and is aimed at people with joinery and woodworking skills who can use these to help make things such as potting tables, cold frames and planters for the garden at Herding’s, in addition to items such as bird tables, bird boxes and planters to sell to raise funds for the project. We use reclaimed and recycled materials wherever possible and provide all the tools needed.

How do I get involved?

  • The sessions are at Herdings Community and Heritage Centre, Morland Road, S14 1TD, on Thursdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm. 
  • Previous experience is welcomed but not necessary.
  • If you like a challenge, we would love to hear from you! Call Kim on (0114) 239 8946 or email kim.hinchliffe@gvcf.org.uk.

Project Expansion

  • Generous funding from Postcode Local Trust, a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, will be supporting the expansion of this project, which commences in April 2019.
  • Our aim is to get volunteers to use their woodworking skills to build and install raised beds in several communal areas in Gleadless Valley where flowers, fruit and vegetables can be grown. We will then engage with residents living locally to the new raised beds in order to get them involved in planting and tending.
  • This project will give people new gardening and food growing skills, encourage people to get involved in community activity, help brighten up the communal areas, and increase wildlife.

 

For more information, contact Kim Hinchliffe on (0114) 239 8946 or email kim.hinchliffe@gvcf.org.uk