8 September 2021
A picture of Get involved in Sanctuary’s Chester growing community

Green-fingered Chester residents are being offered the opportunity to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Sanctuary runs four community ‘Growing Spaces’ on former garage sites across Chester. Located in Vicars Cross, Lache, Upton and Hoole, they offer residents of all ages the chance to grow their own produce, with support and training available to help them get started and develop their skills.

As well as encouraging people to spend time outdoors, the Growing Spaces are also a great place to socialise and enjoy meeting other residents.

Sanctuary recently organised a get together at the Vicars Cross Growing Space, where growers from all four sites exchanged hints and tips and enjoyed some tasty refreshments in the late summer sunshine.

Barbara Owen, a Sanctuary resident and keen user of the Upton Growing Space, said: “It was nice to chat about our plans for the autumn and how we all have different ideas on what we grow.

“I’m very grateful to Sanctuary for the support and encouragement it provides to growers. During the pandemic, going to the Growing Space made a huge difference for me. Living in an apartment block, it was so important to be able to get outside out daily and just enjoy the fresh air.”

Ann Dooney, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood involvement officer, added: “There was a great atmosphere at the get together and everyone thoroughly enjoyed spending the afternoon in the company of their fellow growers.

“We’re very fortunate to have these wonderful green spaces in our local neighbourhoods, and we’d love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved and joining our growing community.”

Anyone interested in finding out more or applying for a plot at a Growing Spaces site can contact the Chester neighbourhood involvement team by calling 0800 131 3348 (0300 123 3511 from mobiles) or emailing growing.spaces@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.