Secret garden

An award-winning secret garden project is blooming thanks to a nationally-accredited compost which is made from the garden waste of householders in North Yorkshire.

The Northallerton Secret Garden Project was given 20 bags of Yorganics compost as part of its work to restore a neglected garden near Northallerton United Reformed Church.

The garden provides a calm oasis and wildlife haven close to the busy Northallerton High Street.

Volunteers used the compost to grow organic fruit and vegetables which they donate to volunteers, the women’s refuge and the Hambleton Foodshare foodbank.

Liz Styan, one of the volunteers working on the project, said: “The garden has three aims: to provide a therapeutic space for people who benefit from gardening; to share our produce with those who need it and to be a haven for wildlife.

“Thanks to the kind donation from Yorganics we are fulfilling our aims and are now working to ensure the garden project is sustainable can hopefully can evolve. The compost has been particularly useful in this hot, dry weather and has made sure our soil is full of nutrients.”

Sam Wright, Yorganics Field Sales Executive, said: “We were delighted to provide the compost for such a worthwhile project and pleased to see that it has helped produce such great results.

“We produce the compost with garden waste generated by people in North Yorkshire so by being returned to the ground this a very good example of closed loop recycling.”

The secret garden was recently named as one of the winners of the national United Reformed Church community project awards and received a £2,000 prize. The garden is open to the public from 2pm every Monday and Thursday afternoon.

Find out more about the project on facebook @ntonsecretgarden.

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