WORK on a community garden has started after it got the 'green light' from Northumberland County Council.

The Nurture Project CIC in Haydon Bridge applied for planning permission to create the outdoor community hub in Haydon Bridge in May this year and is eager to open it next spring.

One of the founders, Lydia Coulson said: "We are delighted that following a long process, we have finally received planning permission to create a Community Garden in Haydon Bridge!

"We were overwhelmed with the community support during the planning process and the initial stages of developing the project concept.

"The land that has received planning permission to change from an unused agricultural
plot to a thriving community & education hub, is leased free of charge to the Community
Garden, which is managed by The Nurture Project CIC.

"We are a not for profit community organisation aiming to enhance the physical, mental and social wellbeing of individuals, communities and their environments through Nature Connection.

"The Community Garden will provide a nature rich, multi sensory environment fully
accessible and inclusive to all. Supporting people through the current climate crisis and
cost of living crisis, building stronger, more resilient communities and bringing people
together to connect with nature, themselves, and each other.

"We will be offering a wide range of outdoor educational experiences for people of all ages and abilities including; community gardening, educational sessions, youth work, wellbeing
sessions, volunteer, work placement and employment opportunities.

"Now that work has begun in preparing the community garden to open in the Spring, we
have a fantastic team of volunteer Directors and community volunteers who are
working hard to create this wonderful community hub.

"Many thanks to the local businesses who have supported our community so far through
charitable donations and reductions: Howford Recycling, Practical Services, Easy Hire,
S Fairless Limited, MKM, EziMix Concrete. Also many thanks to our funders at Northumberland County Council, The National Lottery, Shaftoe Educational Trust, Whitfield Clay Shoot, CoOp Community Fund, for their support to make this project happen."

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