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A National Lottery funded Community Garden opens in Watford

A community garden opened as part of the Lift Off! Project on Saturday 14 May 2016 with funding from the National Lottery. The garden was opened at 1:45pm by the Bishop of Hertford. Mayor of Watford Council Dorothy Thornhill was also in attendance.

Betel, a drugs and alcohol rehabilitation charity, provided two days labour to clear the site; and volunteers have worked tirelessly setting up raised beds for planting and preparing the garden.

The community garden will enable children and families from deprived areas of Watford to engage in fun, affordable activities. It is hoped the community garden will become a place where children and their parents will be able to try new activities they can’t do at home, such as growing their own vegetables and flowers.

The garden is jointly run by the parishes of St Andrew and Christ Church and St Mark’s. The Lift Off! Project began in 2012 when the Churches were offered funding for a Children and Families outreach worker. The garden has clubs running after-school and during the weekend.

Mayor Dorothy Thornhill said: “It was a wonderful afternoon and there was a big turnout from local people. The community garden helps those who may not have a front or back garden and are interested in growing plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables in a safe and friendly environment while taking part in an enjoyable outdoor activity.”

Reverend Duncan Campbell, Vicar Christ Church and St Mark’s Watford said: “About 100 people attended the opening of the community garden and around 30 of those people were children. The community garden will significantly benefit the community and aid the works we plan to do with local children and families.”

Local ward councillors will be invited to view the garden and other council members are welcome.

For more information contact Reverend Duncan Campbell, Vicar at Christ Church and St Mark’s Watford at vicarccwatford@gmail.com or Tel: 01923 674 142.

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