It’s a growing community in Dunwood Park

A COMMUNITY growing initiative in Dunwood Park, Shaw, is encouraging members of the public to join in to plant fruit and vegetables for others to enjoy and share.

The Railway Garden Group has seen a great response from locals so far and the park has been filled with a huge variety of edibles, including onions, potatoes, carrots and many more.

All of these will be on sale in the park, with volunteer gardener Fran Patra explaining: “All the money goes straight back into the garden.”

On top of this, Dunwood Park now has its very own herb and spice garden with a variety of plants that will add flavour in the kitchen.

Here, locals can come to find a great range of herbs, from chef’s favourites rosemary and thyme, to lesser known flavours such as nasturtium and lemon balm.

But it is not all about the edibles as the Railway Garden is also packed with blossoming flowers, adding colour to the tranquil space.

The Railway Garden Group also put on workshops where people of all ages can plant, grow and learn some top cooking tips with the ingredients the garden has to offer, as well as tasting the dishes.

After a successful summer, Fran said: “Throughout autumn we would love more members of the community to visit and become regular volunteers, getting involved with growing vegetables and maintenance of the garden itself to build a real community.”

The garden has regular opening hours where Fran and her fellow volunteer Adam Hayden will run opening sessions from 6.30pm until 8pm every Thursday throughout autumn and winter.

All members of the community are welcome to join in to help take care of the vegetables and prepare for spring.

Find out more about the Railway Garden Group and get involved through Facebook: www.facebook.com/therailwaygarden

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