In May 2018 the Bideford Sustainability Group set up the Grow Well Project in Honestone Street Car Park in Bideford, run by Lynda Ramsay.
For the second year, the group have an arrangement in place with Torridge District Council to look after the car park. By planting a mixture of flowers and edibles in a total of 15 different plots, the small team of volunteers have transformed a once-neglected part of town into a vibrant walkway, creating a living space for the local community to enjoy.
They have planted a range of plants to provide colour and aromas throughout the year and have been helped by adults and children from nearby properties and they really appreciate the many donations of plants and bulbs.
Project Leader Linda Ramsay said “I’d like to thank all of the lovely people who have volunteered, donated plants, and provided other support to make this project such a success. We love our car park. Working here has given us friendships, made the bees happy and given joy to lots of people. We are holding a ‘Bring and Share’ party in Honestone Car Park at 2 pm on Saturday 14th September and we’d love to welcome some new friends to our car park.”
Torridge District Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin, Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure said “The Grow Well Project at Honestone Street is a marvellous example of the Council working with the local community to improve the local environment. Lynda’s energy and excitement for her work has inspired others and it is lovely to see one of the Council’s car parks filled with vibrant colours and insect life. The volunteers should be really proud of what they have achieved.”
There is always plenty of work to be done so if you would like to volunteer and help Lynda to maintain these gardens please drop by on a Wednesday or Saturday afternoon or contact her (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/
Or why not pop along to the party Honestone Street Car Park on Saturday 14th and see for yourself?