Community garden can grow after £10,000 Lottery boost

'GREAT NEWS' ... project manager Chris Convery with Holder House Allotment users, from left, Shaun Howard, Alan Clark and Paul Butters.
'GREAT NEWS' ... project manager Chris Convery with Holder House Allotment users, from left, Shaun Howard, Alan Clark and Paul Butters.

A COMMUNITY garden has received a £10,000 funding boost – thanks to the Big Lottery.

The Holder House Allotment Project is celebrating the cash windfall after a bid to help with costs for its Saturday Morning Club was successful.

It now means the sessions, which cater for young carers and their siblings, will be able to be relaunched in the New Year.

The club gives youngsters the chance to learn about horticulture, animals and to take part in craft and sports activities.

The project was also handed a £1,000 grant from the West Shields Community Area Forum.

Project manager Chris Convery said: “The Saturday morning club has proved to be a real hit with the kids, so the news our bid to the Big Lottery fund was successful is great news.

“Our sessions start up again in January and having this funding behind us does help to ease the financial pressure.”

The plot, used during the week by adults with learning difficulties, houses a range of polytunnels growing various plants, a vegetable patch, a cabin used as a classroom and a chicken coop.

The Saturday Morning Club was launched after Helen Duffy, a direct payments manager with South Tyneside Council, joined forces with Mr Convery.

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