HARLOW-based Herts & Essex Community Farm has been awarded the U.K. Community Garden of the Year 2019 by Cultivation Street. The community project was awarded £3000, presented to them by celebrity gardener David Domoney, and 100 geranium plants for next spring by Calliope flowers, the sponsors of the award.
Elliot Wollen, who founded the project in 2013 stated, “It is amazing to be voted the U.K. Community Garden of the Year for 2019 and an honour to all of our volunteers who work tirelessly week in, week out to make our town a better place”.
The money will be put towards reconnecting the mains water at the Fold Croft site which will allow more volunteer days to run throughout the year, and will provide plenty more tea and coffee for both volunteers and visitors! The award money will only provide about half of the necessary funds, and the group are currently looking at further ways to raise the remaining £3000 required.
Herts & Essex Community Farm is entirely volunteer led, and was started on a derelict piece of land in March 2013. The hardworking volunteers have transformed the land into a thriving and beautiful outdoor space where a variety of fruits and vegetables are grown organically, given to the volunteers and provided to the local community for a donation. In the growing season, regular produce donations are also made to local homeless charity Streets 2 Homes. The farm also hosts a series of events throughout the year aimed at bringing the local community together, and providing a great learning experience for children eager to learn where their food comes from.
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