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Mural taking shape at Avenham Community Gardens

Posted on - 25th August, 2014 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Avenham, Charities, Preston News
The mural taking shape

The mural taking shape

Local artists and Avenham residents have been busy painting a mural on their housing estate.

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Avenham Community Gardens is seeing the artwork come together after receiving funding to create the gardens.

Contour Homes, who own the site, have leased an area to the community group who are increasing their horticultural skills.

The community garden was launched in October 2012 by Preston MP Mark Hendrick.

Volunteers are working hard with local artists to complete the mural

Volunteers are working hard with local artists to complete the mural

Rosie Green, community involvement worker at Preston City Council, said: “Avenham Community Gardens has six raised flower beds which are used for growing food and a small flower garden at the gated entrance. The group promotes the gardens by leafleting local businesses, churches, schools, mosques, Medical Centres, GP surgeries and attending summer fairs / fetes to encourage everyone in the community to visit the garden and join the group.

“The group want to target the more vulnerable and socially isolated residents to encourage them to use the garden promoting the sanctity and inclusiveness of the gardens in an inner city area.

“They want people to see the local facility as belonging to them and as a safe place to visit where they can enjoy the social values of the gardens and participate in the communal food growing.”

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The group has recently received funding from the Healthy Streets Initiative to improve signage to the gardens, make essential repairs and levelling the land to allow access for those with disabilities.

Do you use the community garden? Have you been involved? Let us know in the comments below

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