Sowing inner-city seeds

Inner City Seeds is a new community gardening group set up by myself and a group of passionate volunteers living in the North Stonehouse area who are working together to create communal gardens in North Stonehouse which are accessible to everyone in our community, writes Helen Moore.

We will be gardening on land which is overlooked, forgotten or used for fly tipping and will be turning it into spaces for people to meet, create and learn the practical skills needed to grow plants and look after the environment.

We also really want to build on what we already have here, the great community, the amazing people and the fascinating history of the area. We are aware that not everyone has access to their own garden and although Plymouth has amazing parks and green spaces, we feel it’s really important to be able to give people somewhere they can call their own.

I also run the Adelaide Street Angels Garden Group where creating these urban garden sites has helped to dramatically reduce fly tipping in the areas we take over and which we get a lot of thanks for the work we’re doing from the community. We are really pleased that recently we were able to help the Friends of Wantage Gardens and bring some much-deserved attention to this historical space.

We recently collaborated with Friends of Wantage Gardens, the Stronger North Stonehouse team of Kevin Sproston, Graeme Kirkup and Jules Fairman, and Mike Vosper who works with the Plymouth Youth Offending Team to give the garden a makeover and we all pulled together as a community to achieve this.

We are also creating a daffodil trail of North Stonehouse incorporating historical landmarks which will keep people busy, exercising and give us all something to look forward to for Spring. I think it will also help to bring people into the area who perhaps have never realised there was so much interesting history in North Stonehouse. This we hope can help create those connections in the community which are so vital to creating a legacy people can be proud of.

Currently we have 16 volunteers who are giving their time to this project and lots of people have continued to show their interest so we’re still growing! I hope I can bring the success the Adelaide Street Angels Community Garden Group had to the North Stonehouse area and I’m really excited to see what we as a community can achieve with this project.

Our aims as a group are to promote growing, connecting and gardening knowledge from the ground up. With everyone in the community invited to join us! Being in nature and being active have been proven to be beneficial for our mental health and wellbeing, and gardening perfectly combines the two. We believe everyone should be able to benefit from the positive mental health effects having access to land can offer.

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