The Grow project at Inverness Botanic Gardens and run by High Life Highland is receiving a donation from the Wickes Community Scheme to help meet increased demand

The Grow Project which received a product donation through the Wickes Community Program.

A project in Inverness has received a product donation under the Wickes community scheme.

The Grow Project aims to support local groups and organizations by providing them with relevant products to help them with essential maintenance, renovation or the realization of new projects.

The initiative has been around for over 20 years and was created and maintained by approximately 25 adults with learning disabilities with the support of 30 community volunteers.

It is part of Inverness Botanic Gardens and is run by High Life Highland, which supports culture, learning, sport and recreation in the Highlands.

The Grow Garden is open to the public and used by school groups. Grow-Gardeners grow vegetables on the plot and in polytunnels, maintain fruit trees, garden for wildlife and the entire site has a strong ethos of environmental sustainability and gardening for health and well-being.

Gavin Skipper, horticulture trainer, said: “We have an increasing number of gardeners and as a result we often find ourselves short of tools including garden shears and equipment such as carts and wheelbarrows. We are also experimenting with vertical growing to allow us to be more productive and require trellises and arches to support plants.

“The Wickes Inverness store stepped in and gave us a generous donation of produce which has made all the difference to our gardeners and helps us with the day-to-day management of the project.

“We are hoping to introduce an outdoor cooking feature to the garden and one of Wickes’ suppliers, Charles Bentley, has generously provided us with a fire bowl which we look forward to using. The plan is to prepare and use the produce grown on site to prepare soups and simple dishes for lunch, once our products are ready to be harvested.”

Stuart Watson, Store Manager of Wickes Inverness, said: “We are passionate about our local community and when we heard about the Grow project we were delighted to help.

“This is such a great project that supports some very vulnerable people in our community. We were delighted to be able to provide them with gardening tools to meet the growing demand from the adults who participate. We would love to hear from other organizations in charities and local community groups to see if we can help improve their community space.

Vanessa Richardson of Charles Bentley said: “We are delighted to support Wickes and their wider initiatives within local communities and wish the project team the greatest success with the company”

The Wickes Community Program is open to all local community groups seeking help with improvement projects, and all groups interested in applying for a donation should visit their local store to speak with the manager.

For more information please call Stuart Wilson, Wickes Inverness Store Manager on 01463 717235 or drop by the store.

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