Community garden brings estate together
A COMMUNITY garden has brought residents in Barnard Castle together during lockdown and has been hailed “an amazing success”.
The garden was originally given to Marwood Parish Council by Taylor Wimpy when it built the Castle Vale estate.
The secluded area had a greenhouse, shed, compost bin and five raised beds. as well as a large green area.
Earlier this year the parish council decided to expand the growing area, installing an additional five beds.
Turf was stripped back to make way for the new beds with Pauline Glasper, chairwoman of the parish council, and her husband Colin, carrying out much of the work in less-than ideal weather conditions.
She said: “All the materials were paid for by the council and Colin and I just did the work. It has allowed the council to offer each gardener two beds plus shared access to the shed and greenhouse and the success has been amazing.
“I’m really thrilled people have taken to it.
“The families that have beds have started a little WhatsApp group and the variety of produce they have managed to grow looks incredible.
“The community garden, as it’s named, has brought together all ages and by
sharing knowledge, teaching the next generation new skills and making friends has proved to be a very successful addition by the parish council.”