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A Place To Grow Open Day

SEED

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!
The BBQ
The BBQ
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

Success as District Council achieves above-average scores from Local Government Association

council-officesResearch from the Local Government Association (LGA) has shown the council’s performance is above the national average in 19 of 21 key indicators.

The report compares data from across all Local Authorities in England and focuses on Housing, Planning, Environmental, Cultural and Central services offered by each district/borough council

Highlights of Blaby’s achievements in the report include the council’s performance on planning applications, with 86% of minor planning applications being processed within 8 weeks, compared to the national district average of 69%. In addition, 80% of major applications are processed within 13 weeks compared to a 70% for district authorities.

Blaby District also sends 50.57% of household waste for recycling, above the national district average of just 43.78%.

Councillor David Clements, Portfolio Holder for Performance, People, Special Projects & Cabinet Support, said:

“This is fantastic news and I’m proud of everyone who has helped achieve this. These indicators are a great reminder of how hard our
staff work to ensure we offer the best services we can to our residents.”

Director of People Jane Toman, said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to see these figures. They give us important insight into our performance compared with other district council’s across the country. The fact we’re doing so well considering our size is excellent and testament to everyone at Blaby District Council.”

The news of Blaby District’s success in the LGA performance table comes weeks after research from Experian saw Blaby District come in the top five for the most desirable places to live for first time buyers in the country, and was also declared one of the happiest places to live in the county.