Residents are planning to do grow their own food in Waterloo Park’s new community garden.
The scheme, which has been designed and developed by Tameside Greenspace Development and Neighbourhood Services in partnership with the Friends of Waterloo Park, will include an orchard and allotments. There are plans to plant 24 apple trees as well fruits such as blackcurrants, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and redcurrants.
Raised beds with hard standing footpaths will allow access for vegetable growing, and there will be a central community building, poly tunnels, cold frames, a compost bay and an outdoor meeting area. Shrubs will be planted to encourage insects and wildlife.Disabled people will have full access throughout, and there are plans for heating and lighting to be provided by solar power.
The garden recognises the importance of allotments as a leisure and recreational facility, and for their benefits to communities. It is hoped the garden will help promote physical health and mental wellbeing, as well as producing good quality low-cost food in a sustainable way allowing all members of the community to get together and get involved.