When Shrubland TRA treasurer Peter Jarvis set about his growbox early in spring 2016, he had a vision: onions, potatoes, leeks, celeriac, some fresh herbs, all grown in his growbox in the TRA garden, to make a delicious, warming soup during the following winter.
Many months later, on a crisp, sunny, January day in 2017, the veg was ready to harvest, and Peter was joined in the garden by Shrubland residents and gardeners for a cooking session like no other. Never having done anything quite like this before, there was bound to be a bit of trial and error, surely? and maybe even hit and miss? but on the day, the results spoke for themselves.
Peter spearheaded the Shrubland TRA application which has won Big Lottery funding for a street growing and cooking project. The Big Lottery Celebrate England grants were for holding a one off event which celebrates a local community. The TRA’s successful bid was for a Community Growing and Cooking Project which celebrates and shares the cultural diversity of Shrubland Road. If you are interested in joining in, complete the survey and look out for further announcements.