The sun shone down on Saturday 11th August as a steady stream of visitors made their way around the ‘A Place To Grow’ community garden site on Mill Lane Enderby.
District Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure & Regulatory Services, welcomed visitors to the Open Day event which featured a BBQ, cake, refreshments and an ice cream van on offer.
This years event included a children’s garden hunt, garden games, planting activities, and the sale of plants and produce from the community garden.
In addition, there were two free family performances of Pif Paf Theatre‘s ‘SEED’, featuring “an inspiring hitch-hike on a plant-related journey from small Acorns to great Oak Trees”! (Pictured above and below, later).
The performances, at 11.30am and 1.30pm, took place on a grass area within the site.
Children and adults alike were spellbound watching the performance, described as “an inspiring hitch-hike on a plant-related journey from small Acorns to great Oak Trees.”
It was a fun exploration of man’s relationship with the long suffering plants that keep us fed, sheltered and breathing through a one-man performance which entailed the visual and movement theatre story of Wilford – one of the ‘unseen’ – as he scrapes and digs and blasts the seed holes and co-opts the water and food.”
The story was told with a multitude of ‘props’ and contraption effects ingeniously engineered into an ‘ark’ that was reminiscent of a Disney inspired ‘wonderful machine’.
Visitors enjoyed wandering among the raised beds and stalls promoting healthy living, a theme that ran through the whole event and which encapsulates the site’s raison d’être.
The purpose of ‘A Place To Grow’ is to provide a sustainable community garden that supports positive health and wellbeing. This is achieved by encouraging those participating in the project to learn new things by producing and eating healthy food, being physically active, getting involved in the community and meeting new people in a friendly, informal and safe environment.
Opening times of ‘A Place To Grow’ are:
|Tuesday||10:00 – 13:00|
|Thursday||10:00 – 13:00|
|Friday||09:30 – 12:30|
All proceeds from the Open Day go towards the running of the garden.
Website: A Place To Grow
Below: Some photos from the day!