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Defra, in partnership with the RHS, has set up a project to help Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood groups (England only) increase their use of sustainable growing media.
Defra, in partnership with the RHS, has awarded funding to eight community gardening groups in the second and final round of the Sustainable Horticulture in Partnership (SHiP) scheme.
A total of £20,078 was awarded to help groups in England to increase their use of sustainable growing media. Funding was provided to cover the additional costs of using sustainable growing media and plants grown in sustainable growing media. To apply for funds, groups had to be either local-authority led or working in partnership with the local authority.
The applicants receiving funding in 2014/15 are:
Awarded £1,000 The group is growing fruit and vegetables in containers or raised beds using totally peat-free compost. The grant will be used to buy sustainable growing media (SGM) and fruit trees and shrubs that have been grown in peat-free media.
Twydall Village Garden Club
Awarded £1,000 The group will be using sustainable growing media in 10 troughs across the village and propagating the plants that are displayed in these with SGM.
Ridgeway Village in Bloom
Awarded £1,000 The group will use peat-free compost and sustainably grown plants in flowerbeds and hanging baskets, and in a school garden and community allotment in Ridgeway.
The Friends of Norwich in Bloom
Awarded £8,300 The group is growing plants in sustainable growing media for use in baskets and containers across Norwich. They have plans to repeat the activity again next year.
St Issey in Bloom
Awarded £2,678 St Issey in Bloom will be clearing and planting up seven plots adjacent to the village hall and primary school and replacing all raised beds and containers with peat-free organic compost.
Bakewell in Bloom
Awarded £1,000 The group will fill planters around Bakewell town centre and at local recreation ground with sustainable growing media.
Oldham Growing Initiative
Awarded £1,100 Two Growing Hubs are being established at local parks in Oldham where growers will use sustainable growing media and harvested rainwater in their activities.
Awarded £4,000 Sustainable growing media is being used in two urban gardening projects in deprived areas of Ipswich. The initiative supplies products to Ipswich Borough Council and aims to trial and increase its production of sustainably-grown produce. ActivLives Outreach Programme works with schools and community groups across Ipswich.
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