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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Kids grow their own veg

Youngsters in Workington got the chance to plant their own vegetables and plants as part of a new food growing project.

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DIGGING IN: Youngsters planting seeds, from left, Shannon McGuirk, Angel Burns, Ruby Carr, Keiran Bromley and Leo Sproat

The event was part of the Workington Local Food Project, led by social landlord Your Derwent and Solway.

It received £270,000 of Big Lottery funding last year to help people grow their own produce over the next 18 months.

Three sites at Westfield, Frostoms and Salterbeck have been earmarked as community gardens where people will be encouraged to grow their own food.

The produce will be planted in a garden to be created at the back of the community centre on Moorbanks Road, Frostoms.

About 10 youngsters attended a sow and grow session on Tuesday where they planted flowers, herbs and vegetables for the new community garden.

Emma Shield, volunteer co-ordinator for the food project, said: “We want to get the whole community involved and have been encouraged by the turnout, especially looking at the age range.”

There will be further community events, and the project will also be taken into schools.

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