Green-fingered enthusiasts in the Blaby, Oadby and Wigston area are continuing to try their hand at growing their own food for the first time, thanks to the support of volunteers with the master gardeners programme.
The programme, supported by Leicestershire County Council’s Food for Life programme and run by national charity Garden Organic, brings together enthusiastic gardeners with complete novices to experience the joys and benefits of growing to everyone.
Some people are receiving one-to-one advice and support in their own homes, whether that might be to grow salads on the windowsill of a tiny flat, or to tackle the challenge of a new garden.
Alison McGrath, from Garden Organic, said:
“Our master gardeners in Wigston have been helping residents of Elizabeth Court to grow their own food and they’ve created some raised beds.
“There are also plans for a similar garden in Boulter Crescent in the near future and there’s also been activity at the Brocks Hill visitor centre in Oadby.
“Master gardeners are also spreading the word in Blaby at local events and through talks.”
Garden Organic now wants to hear from people who also have a passion for growing and would like to share it with others.
They are holding courses for volunteers on May 24 and 25 and for further details, and an application pack, contact Alison McGrath on 07584 343847, email Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.leicestershire.mastergardeners.org.uk
Police have arrested a third person following the death of a man in Wigston.
The 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and has been questioned by detectives.
A 20-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of the same offence on Monday 30 March.
All three people have since been bailed pending further enquiries.
Officers were called to a property in Leicester Road at about 8.15pm last Wednesday (25 March) where the body of 42-year-old Mark Cookson was found.
A post-mortem examination concluded that he died as result of a head injury which is believed to have been sustained on the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March.
A picture of Mr Cookson has been released and officers would like to speak to anyone who saw him in the area around Asquith Boulevard and Wigston town centre, between 6pm and 8pm on the Sunday evening.
Detectives are particularly keen to speak to a motorist who is believed to have stopped in Welford Road, near to the junction with Hillcrest Road, and spoke to Mr Cookson and a woman at about 6.30pm that night.
This man is believed to be in his 50s and was driving a blue car along Welford Road towards the city.
If you think you saw Mr Cookson on the Sunday evening or were the man in the blue car, call 101 quoting incident number 590 of 25 March 2015.