Residents mark 10th anniversary of community garden

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Residents of the Poets area of Bedford are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Neighbourhood Watch Community Garden with a special Weed and Plant session on Saturday, October 18.

The Neighbourhood Watch Community Garden is a strip of waste land on the bank of Chaucer Road and Spenser Road which was adopted by residents in 2004 to make a community garden, and the session will run from 10.30am until noon. Coffee and cake will be provided for all helpers.

Helpers are asked to take any spare plants, a trowel, secateurs or fork if possible.

Chaucer Road resident, Colleen Atkins, who is also the Neighbourhood Watch Area Co-ordinator for the Poets area, said: “Our community garden is important because the nicer an area looks there’s usually less crime. When we started the project 10 years ago, this strip of land attracted a lot of fly-tipping and litter. Since the garden was started, that has reduced considerably.”

She added: “The community garden is a great way to bring everyone together. Families and neighbours work together to improve the area. Thanks to the community spirit in the Poets area, there is very little crime here. People really care about the area we live in and this was shown by the amazing turnout for the recent Poets litter pick.”

On Sunday 28 September, 17 public spirited children and adults of the Poets area took part in a community litter pick and collected 17 bags of litter. The youngest helper was aged just four years old.