Pitch in to create a community garden

AN overgrown plot of wasteland pitch side at Mossley Football Club has been transformed into an inviting community garden.

And though ReCreate and Incredible Edible Mossley have been the driving forces behind the Pitch-in Community Garden, it has been down to a huge community effort over the last eight months.

Anna Olivia, from The Vale based arts and crafts group ReCreate, is delighted the results of their latest community project.

And she added it has also been great for the mental health and wellbeing of those carrying out the work during lockdown.

“It is a cracking plot, a gorgeous setting with spectacular views over the hills. It has been therapeutic working on the site,” she explained.

“To do something creative, outside, with a community relevance and with other people during lockdown has made us really proud.”

Anna added it would not have been a success without the generosity local businesses, notably Tom Collier, from Quick Edge Plant Hire, who provided a digger to clear the site of brambles and undergrowth which she described as taller than her.

“Without Tom we would have got nowhere because the site was horrible before it was dug up,” she continued.

Mossley firm Delaney’s provided skips while others to help out included Mick Nield, The Grumpy Joiner; MDR Autos; Grandpa Greens; Mossley Home Improvement Centre and local tree surgeons who provided woodchip.

Then generous residents provided trees, bushes and plants for the finishing touches.

The football club, already heavily involved in community activities, approached ReCreate to suggest creating a community garden as the arts and crafts group focuses on recycling and re-purposing.

ReCreate was formed at The Vale in 2015 to help combat social isolation but became an independent group two years later. It has worked previously on projects with Fairtrade Mossley and Sandon House where they created a willow garden at the care home.

And ReCreate, having worked previously with Mary Mitchell from Incredible Edible Mossley, teamed up again.

The community hub has already become a magnet with each Mossley school has been provided with a crate planter for them to tend when they pay visits.

Incredible Edible Mossley will concentrate on edibles with fruit trees and strawberries planted and there are even ambitious plans to grow hops and create their own beer, though there are doubts whether the climatic conditions will be suitable.

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