Garden plots open to all

Mundy Junior School's gardeners in the community garden
Mundy Junior School's gardeners in the community garden

A community garden scheme at Mundy C of E Junior School in Heanor is set for a wheelchair friendly makeover thanks to a £7,000 cash boost.

Since the summer of 2012 The Lockton Avenue school has kept the equivalent of a small allotment on a patch of land next to its playing fields.

Each class uses a series of raised beds to grow all manner of vegetables, flowers and fruits, with a poly-tunnel also available for year round growing.

But most of the 25 plots there are open to use by the Heanor community - with a waiting list now forming.

Now thanks to a £7,315 grant from UK Coal’s Lodge House Surface Mine Community Fund the gardens are to be fitted with wheelchair friendly lowered beds, access paths, ramps and tools to make the site more accessible.

Head teacher Kelvin Gibbs, said: “This has been a community project and therefore we want to make sure we are able to welcome all sections of our community to the facility.”

Mr Gibbs said the school children have had plenty of growing successes including an abundant yield of tomatoes this year.

The school often holds a market stall on a Friday to sell the produce to parents, which is helping to top up funds.

The disabled access works, yet to start due to the recent bad weather, are to be funded through the Lodge House Surface Mine Community Fund, which was established to provide community benefits by UK Coalwhen it expanded its open cast operation in Smalley. Chair of its managing committee Jan Walker, said: “Having visited this scheme myself I am delighted that the committee agreed that funding should be awarded.”

If you are interested in a plot at the school call 01773 713427. For details of the community fund call Derbyshire Environmental Trust, which manages the fund on 01629 539182.