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A Place To Grow Open Day


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:

 Monday Closed
 Tuesday  10:00 – 13:00
 Wednesday  Closed
 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!

Scarecrow at A Place To Grow

Green Flag
Photo call to display the Green Flag awarded 2018/19. Lack of sufficient ‘breeze’ meant it needed to be held out to display!
Watching the performance of SEED
Watching the performance of SEED
SEED Performance
Watching the performance of SEED
SEED Performance
SEED Performance
SEED Performance
SEED Performance
SEED Performance
Calling for rain – SEED at A Place To Grow
Relaxing at A Place To Grow
Taking it easy at A Place To Grow Open Day
Garden Produce on sale
Garden Produce on sale
Childrens Play Area at A Place To Grow Open Day
Childrens Play Area at A Place To Grow Open Day
Active Arts
Active Arts
Go Learn stall
Go Learn stall
HealtStallhy Eating
Healthy Eating
Healthwatch Leicestershire Stall
Healthwatch Leicestershire

£4000 fine for untidy land in Sapcote

Photo: Scales of Justice

A Sapcote land owner has been ordered to pay £4,061 by Loughborough Magistrates’ Court for failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice.

John Mac of Hinckley Road, Wolvey, was found guilty and fined £1,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,411 as well as a victim surcharge of £150.

Mr Mac first issued with a Community Protection Warning by Blaby District Council back in July 2016 following complaints of parking and repairing HGV’s, and the storage of associated plant and equipment at Granitethorpe Quarry, Leicester Road, Sapcote.

Following Mr Macs’ non-compliance of the Warning Notice, the Council served a Community Protection Notice in September 2016. Community Protection Notices require a person or organisation to ‘undertake specific tasks in order to reduce or remove the detrimental effects of their conduct.’

The notice required Mr Mac to stop using the land for the parking and/or storage of HGV’s commercial vehicles and HGV trailers. All associated plant, tools and equipment used for the repair of vehicles and trailers were also ordered not to be parked or stored on the site.

A revised Community Protection Notice was agreed between Council and Mr Mac in December 2016 after an appeal to the Magistrates’ Court, following his failure to comply with the original notice.

Investigations in October 2017 revealed a commercial vehicle had been parked on the land for three days, in breach of the notice. The case was presented to the Magistrates’ Court following the breach in November 2017 before prosecution on 01 August.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic and Community Development, said: “Mr Mac had a responsibility to ensure his land did not have a negative impact on the quality of life for others in Sapcote. He failed in these responsibilities and we had no choice but to prosecute.

“We are pleased with this ruling and I hope this emphasises how seriously we take Community Protection Notices. They are not there to be ignored.”

This is the third successful prosecution for non-compliance of a Community Protection Notice that Blaby District Council has carried out in the space of 12 months.

Residents can report breaches of planning control in the district by visiting

Summer family dog day

Photo: Dog

A free family fun day for dog owners is taking place in Narborough on Thursday 23 August.

Run by Blaby District Council, the event is an opportunity for dog owners to turn up and get a free collar and/or tag to ensure they comply with the law.

Owners will also be able to get their pooch chipped or make sure the chip’s details are up to date.

The family event on Narborough Park runs from 10am-2pm and welcomes all ages.

The Dogs Trust Education Officers will be on hand to help young people learn about dogs with lots of fun activities.

Leicester Animal Aid will showcase their Community Pet Support Scheme (CPSS), which supports vulnerable owners to care for their pets in their own homes for as long as it is mutually beneficial. This free scheme is also available in Oadby & Wigston and Hinckley & Bosworth.

All dogs in out in a public space must wear a collar bearing the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Dogs must also have an up to date chip.

Donations for collars, tags or chips will go towards the Chairman’s chosen charity Pink Pants, which raises awareness of the BRCA gene that can cause breast cancer.

Visitors are advised to use LE19 2EP for their navigation systems to get to the event.

[Source/Photo: Blaby District Council]

A Place To Grow opens its doors…

Photo from previous year's Open Day
Photo: Enderby EYE.

A reminder that this year’s popular annual open day at the ‘A Place to Grow’ community garden takes place on Saturday 11th August.

The community garden is situated next to Enderby Leisure Centre on Mill Lane and the event will run between 11am-3pm.

Included will be a children’s garden hunt, garden games, planting activities, and the sale of plants and produce from the garden.

There will also be a BBQ, cake, refreshments and an ice cream van on offer. All proceeds will go towards the running of the garden.

As Enderby EYE reported on 11th July, “Community Garden Open Day to feature Family Performance“, there will also be two free family performances of “SEED”.

Performances will take place at 11:30am and 1:30pm. To book tickets for the free performances of SEED, fill in the online form or call 0116 272 7703.

See also: EYE news item  A Place To Grow Open Day

Local Plan examination has begun

A programme of examination dates for the proposed Local Plan Delivery Development Plan Document (Delivery DPD) have now begun.

The Delivery DPD is the second part of Blaby District Council’s overall Local Plan. The Local Plan is an important set of documents that help determine the outcome of planning applications.

Sites for new homes at Kirby Muxloe, Glenfield and Leicester Forest East and an employment site in Enderby are included in the Delivery DPD.

A new policies map shows where development in the district should be focused and the important environmental assets that should be protected.

The independently appointed Planning Inspector, Victoria Lucas LLB MCD MRTPI, has published her Matters, Issues and Questions, Examination Guidance Note, and Hearing Sessions Timetable.

Public hearings forming part of the examination process will be conducted by Ms. Lucas.

Examination Hearings started on 31st July and will take place in the Council Chamber at the Council Offices in Narborough.

All Delivery DPD documents are available to view at

Information is also on display in local libraries and at the Council’s Narborough offices.