Chance to grow your own in Northstead

144916'At the site of the proposed community garden in Northstead are ,from left,Florence Vickers,Ben Vickers,Laura Young,Roger Burnett,Sheila Johnson,Cllr Peter Popple and Tony Oldfield.'Picture by Neil Silk'05/12/14
144916'At the site of the proposed community garden in Northstead are ,from left,Florence Vickers,Ben Vickers,Laura Young,Roger Burnett,Sheila Johnson,Cllr Peter Popple and Tony Oldfield.'Picture by Neil Silk'05/12/14
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A Northstead resident is hoping that people will get on board with his dream of creating a community garden on a disused piece of land.

Ben Vickers passes the patch of land between Fieldside and Maple Drive while walking his children Stan and Florence to school every day.

He said: “It looks horrible - people have been using it as a dump and there is broken glass lying about.

“It’s wasted land and I was just wanted to make it better for people.”

Ben approached Northstead ward councillor Peter Popple for advice, who put him in touch with housing provider Yorkshire Coast Homes, who owns the land.

Cllr Popple said: “It’s great that we have such community-minded residents taking pride in their own area and giving up their own time to improve their environment.”

The idea has attracted support from Laura Young at Yorkshire Coast Homes, Roger Burnett and Sheila Johnson who work with Scarborough Council and the community payback teams, and Tony Oldfield, who has an allotment which backs onto the plot.

Ben said: “Yorkshire Coast Homes seem very keen and are up for the idea. There is possibly some funding available for the project, but we need to make sure that enough local residents are behind us to back it.

“Sheila and Roger are also really interested and have said it might be a useful resource to them and somewhere to run courses in horticulture.

“This is great because it means that people will be constantly using it and maintaining it.”

Ben added that fellow resident Tony is also backing the project as he is a keen gardener and having the new plot up and running would offer more security for his own allotment patch.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the project can call Ben on 07870 265499 or email northsteadcg@gmail.com

People can also find out more by searching for Northstead Community Garden on Facebook.

Ben said: “Whether you just want to help for an hour a week, or if you want somewhere to grow a few veggies, please get in touch. We need to get at least 10 to 12 people interested. People will be able to take on a raised bed and look after it.

“It would be ideal for people who live in the flats nearby.”