Like to help your community?
Interested in sharing skills, growing and eating?
Grow Together is a year-long volunteer project for 2019, created to inspire a love of growing food and flowers and an active lifestyle through gardening, in communities across Rutland.
How will Grow Together work?
Grow Together will connect Rutland residents to inspire local people of all ages and abilities to create a community garden-based project and organise events around it. These might be plant swaps, planting events, harvesting, apple pressing, pumpkin celebrations – it really is up to your community to decide! There will also be county-wide events such as the launch event at Oakham Castle and having a presence at the Rutland County Show.
The "Grow Together" project will enable people to get out there in the fresh air, be active, meet new people, have fun and feel confident about 'growing their own' – in 2019 and beyond.
Could you be a Grow Together volunteer gardener?
Our 10 volunteer gardeners will have a keen interest for gardening, the enthusiasm and desire to share their knowledge, and the confidence to bring a community together through communications and events and lead them in gardening.
In return for their time and commitment, each volunteer will benefit from professional horticultural training, project support, and event resources to help them in their role. They will also be part of a thriving group of like-minded volunteers who will get together and support each other throughout the project.
Launch Event & Seed Swap
10.00am - 1.00pm, 9th Feb 2019, Oakham Castle
Do you have seeds you have not used or seeds you have saved, would like to exchange for something different? Or just get some seeds?
Join us for our launch event at Oakham Castle on Saturday 9th February 2019 between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Find out more about the project and meet the project team, Claire Crowley and Alex Wilby, founders of Root-and-Branch Out CIC, who specialise in nurturing community through nature. Alex is a professional horticulturist and Claire is a permaculture designer.
- Seed swap
- Newspaper plant pot making
- Children's seed planting and vegetable 'still-life drawing'
- Project talk every 30 minutes
- Meet the team