Spring seems to be in the air. Snowdrops and crocuses are popping up around Lancaster, we have had some sunny and dry days, and seed sowing is now a daily activity at Claver Hill community food project!

It is an exciting and energizing time of year.

In last week’s local food column we heard from Ian Leyland, a volunteer at the Fork to Fork food growing project, located behind Lancaster Brewery. He talks about how his confidence has grown since he started supporting this fantastic ‘forest garden’ project on the edge of Lancaster.

fork to fork wood “I would like to start off by saying how amazing Fork to Fork is and  what a beautiful place it is to work at. I have been going to Fork to  Fork for nearly two years and I have loved every minute of being  involved. When I first started the project I had a bit of confidence in  what I know about gardening, but since being there, my confidence  has certainly grown and also my fitness levels have improved”.

“The project itself is for people who have a learning support needs,  disabilities, or mental health problems, well, everyone really”.

“It is a two acre site so there is always a lot to do on a weekly basis and we can get quite busy specialising on specific project areas. We grow all sorts of food growing plants in a forest garden setting.  We have just formed a new partnership with Piccadilly Support Services in Lancaster and we are very excited”.

“I am leading the team with strimmer work on the site. This involves making sure the machine is working and is safe to use as well as training other volunteers on how to use the machine safely.  With support I have also produced a written strimmer pack for other people to use. I maintain all the paths, making sure they curve beautifully and look cared for and smart”.

“We also have had a video made about the Fork to Fork project which is really good”.

Fork to fork video photo

“I would like to end by saying that I am proud to be a member of Fork to Fork as it is an  amazing project. To see more about us go to www.facebook/Fork2ForkProject or visit us  at Lancaster Leisure Park LA1 3LA”

If you would like to get involved with Fork to Fork or another of the many community  food growing projects in Lancaster, visit www.foodfutures.org.uk to find a map of all the  community food projects in the area, with contacts for their coordinators.


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