Enthusiastic response to Bootle Growing Circle street garden project
An innovative environmental project in Bootle which is creating 80 new sustainable street gardens in the town has received an enthusiastic welcome from local residents.
Following introductory sessions at North Park and South Park, families quickly took up all the available spaces in the first phase of the Community Growing Circle project, which involves them in planting out and creating ‘mini farms’ in the narrow front yards in front of their homes.
The aim of the project is to highlight the benefits of the circular food economy – growing your own food, eating it and then composting the waste to help grow more produce.
The Community Growing Circle has been established by the Taking Root in Bootle community gardening network with the help of a grant from the Liverpool City Region Community Environment Fund.
This was established last year by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram to improve the environment of the city region and promote community involvement in green projects.
Each household taking part in the project receives a front yard growing starter kit which includes pots, troughs, a water butt and a kitchen caddie for collecting and transporting food waste to the new community compost bins in the local parks.
The project is also supplying soil, seeds and plants to enable residents to grow lettuces, spring onions, tomatoes, green beans, carrots, courgettes, raspberries and strawberries.,
Families have even had the opportunity to request a dwarf fruit tree and planter to enable them to grow miniature varieties of apples, pears, plums or cherries.
The distribution of the kits started at the end of April, and families are now planting and growing in earnest, with the help of ongoing advice and support from the project organisers.
“We also aim to show how growing at home and community composting can help to reduce food miles, packaging and waste, and provide families with delicious fresh produce literally on their doorstep.”
Sefton Council supports many community groups and initiatives that help to take care of Sefton’s outdoor spaces and develop community areas in parks and greenspaces, as well as more urban areas.