Despite the bitterly cold winds and heavy downpours over the last couple of weeks, the Empanda Community Garden has undergone a real transformation thanks to the hard work of the local Community Payback team.
The team, led by supervisor Adrian, was at the garden four times over a two-week period, working tirelessly to ensure that the ground was turned over and prepared for sowing seeds and planting vegetables to be used in the Empanda community café.
Whilst work was tough in the adverse weather conditions, the rain did have some redeeming qualities, as at least the ground was soft enough to dig. However, for a good few days the ground, particularly the trenches around the beds, were absolutely waterlogged but thankfully, it is now beginning to drain away as the warmer weather gradually sets in.
We have used some of our £2,000 funding from the Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ community grant scheme to purchase chain-link fencing, posts and a gate which the team have erected around the garden’s perimeter. The remaining funds will be used to buy raised beds, a garden bench and some additional tools to add to those generously donated by the Brandon Allotment Association ‘Allotmenteers’.
We are extremely grateful for the efforts made and the time spent by the Community Payback team and to Adrian for keeping them motivated and focused throughout their time with us.
The results are amazing – a job well done, thank you!
The Empanda Community Garden Timeline so far …