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Community garden project transforms Grantham church

Members of the community were invited to a church open day at the weekend to celebrate its garden project.

Church members at Harrowby Lane Methodist Church and Community Centre, on Harrowby Lane, Grantham, invited local residents to join them for a barbecue on Saturday to celebrate the completion of the first stage of the project.

As part of the plans, the outdoor area at the church has been transformed to include walkways that are wheelchair and pushchair accessible.

Harrowby Lane Methodist Church and Community Centre. (16766160)
Harrowby Lane Methodist Church and Community Centre. (16766160)

A children’s outdoor playing area has also been created as well as ramps to enable disabled access.

There are now raised planters in the garden as well as ground level planters for fruit, vegetables and herbs for members of the local community to take as and when they need to.

The church reception area received a makeover and now has a comfortable seating area and a garden cafe that opens every Friday morning and is aimed at reducing isolation in the area.

Sue Barnes, the treasurer at the Harrowby Lane Church, is heading up the project. She said: “We spoke to members of the nearby community about what they needed from us and discovered that not many realised that we were actually a church.

“We listened to what they needed and responded.”

As well as a barbecue, visitors including Mayor of Grantham Councillor Adam Stokes watched the dedication of the ‘Harrowby Cross’ which had been handcrafted by local carpenter Glenn Joachim.

Sue hopes to see more people getting involved in the next stage of the project. She added:“Maybe they could grow their own produce or starting a gardening club.”

The centre is already used by lots of community groups and organisations including a toddler group, friendship club and a breastfeeding support group.

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