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Karen Appleby's green idea wins funding
3:21pm Thursday 23rd February 2012 in News
A BIRCHWOOD mum has come up with an idea for residents to provide healthy fresh produce, keep fit, save money and get to know each other.
Mum-of-three Karen Appleby is encouraging her neighbours to grow fruit and vegetables in their gardens.
Her suggestion won a Montgomery Neighbourhood Award from Harvest Housing Group, parent company of Frontis, and £1,000 to spend on her community.
Karen, aged 50, of Kingfisher Close, who has lived in Birchwood for 32 years, said: “Nobody gets together anymore. There’s no community spirit.
“With this project, we’ll be able to learn from each other.
“If something has blighted your crop, you’ll be able to share your tips to prevent others suffering the same problem.”
Top soil, seeds and pots will be provided.
Karen said: “I’ve just put onions in and I plan to grow tomatoes and beetroot. I love being outdoors. You can grow anything that takes your fancy.
“I’ve also got blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries.
“It gives you an incentive to tidy your garden and a bit of exercise.
“With the price of vegetables, people will also be able to save some money.”
Any Frontis residents wishing to join the project can call 856680.