Helping hands bring life to secret garden

12-178           Volunteer hedge-layers at Hemel Food Garden, Hemel Hempstead.         On the right is their leader John Erdley.
12-178 Volunteer hedge-layers at Hemel Food Garden, Hemel Hempstead. On the right is their leader John Erdley.
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IT’S all hands on deck for volunteers at a community garden project as it heads towards its launch date in May.

Hemel Hempstead Conservation Volunteers (HHCV) is the latest group to help out with the Hemel Food Garden site run by Sunnyside Rural Trust on Two Waters Road.

The conservation group is spending the week working on creating an oasis in the middle of the town.

They have been cutting down the overgrown hedge line bordering the Durrants Hill fishing lake, making habitats and enhancing the views across to the lake.

The cuttings from the hedges are used to create borders that offer shelter for small animals, especially birds all of which will add to the green space.

The hedges surround a recreational and outdoor training area where an orchard of pear and apple trees has already been planted.

Plans also include putting in picnic benches for people to enjoy and planting more fruit for pick your own.

Jay Wilson of HHCV said: “We’re delighted to be getting involved with the Hemel Food Garden which is a fantastic growing, training and community initiative.”

The garden project will launch on Friday, May 11 with an invite-only tour and buffet that will be followed by a variety of events for the public.

Sunnyside Rural trust staff and service users are currently busy working on its contract to provide thousands of bedding plants for Dacorum Borough Council.

To volunteer on the project call Kealey Henderson on 01442 255977 or email volunteering@sunnysideruraltrust.org.uk