City of Wolverhampton Colllege students support gardening groups's lottery bid


02 Apr 2019
Photo of Crafty Gardeners
Photo of Crafty Gardeners

Students at City of Wolverhampton College are throwing their weight behind a bid by a local gardening group to win £44,000 of National Lottery funding. 

Growing Together, based at Boundary Way allotments in Penn and Glyn Bank in Whitmore Reans, provides a range of gardening courses for local residents, as well as well as activities and employment-related support for people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health needs.  

Students from the college’s Futures programme – which offers courses for young people with special educational needs – attend the site on a weekly basis to learn basic gardening skills and how to grow fruit and vegetables    

Growing Together has applied for funding through the People’s Projects, a partnership between the National Lottery Community Fund, the National Lottery, ITV and STV which was established in 2005 and gives the public a say in how funding should be put to good use in their local area.    

The college students took part in a promotional film for the group’s bid – fronted by ITV reporter Matt Ratcliffe and broadcast on Central News on April 2 – and were shown making a Monty Don scarecrow to keep birds away from freshly planted seeds.      

Dawn Clifton, tutor on the Futures programme, said: “The students really enjoy their sessions at the allotment and, as well as learning new skills, they are also gaining experience of working with others and interacting with other gardeners and members of the public who visit the site to purchase the freshly grown produce on sale. 

“We were delighted to take part in the filming and the students had great fun making the scarecrow – we now want everyone to vote for Growing Together so that they can use the funding to expand the services they offer to local people.” 

To vote for Growing Together click here