Volunteers needed to create orchard and community space on The Racecourse

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Volunteers are needed to help a local charity create a mini fruit orchard, community seating area and food growing hub at The Racecourse park in Northampton.

The new community garden, which is being created in and around a neglected and unused former council building in the centre of the park, will become an educational facility for local groups, complete with a wood workshop and potting shed.

The six-week project, to create the Hub, is being run by Groundwork Northamptonshire. It is funded by property and development company Segro and supported by West Northamptonshire Council.

Nathan Wearn-Hutter, green projects manager at Groundwork Northamptonshire, said: “Local groups have been desperate for something to be done with the area and this hub will be an eagerly anticipated additional resource for the community”

After its completion, this building will be used by a number of local community groups and partner organisations, including the Park Ranger Team, the Umbrella Fair organisation, Friends of the Racecourse and Northampton Mind.

Volunteers are needed to help plant, build, dig, paint, and add a sprinkle of magic.

You don’t need any building, landscaping or gardening experience – support and training will be provided. The project is running on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm, throughout August and potentially into the start of September.

Ideally volunteers will be able to support the team on both days, but there is also lots of flexibility. So, get in touch to find out more.

Contact Nathan Wearn-Hutter on 07851248107 or email Nathan.Wearn-Hutter@groundwork.org.uk