Bumper crop for garden

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A MARKET garden created on a once-overgrown plot of land is producing bumper crops of healthy, home-grown produce – thanks to the dedication of adults with learning disabilities.

The site at Wynyard Park is now being used to grow beetroot, lettuce, spinach, chard, spring onions, potatoes, courgettes, squash, sweet corn, radishes and turnips.

It’s all a far cry from last year when Wynyard Park Ltd, owners of the 700-acre business park, issued an appeal for an organisation to take over the uneven plot behind its Wynyard Park House HQ which was overgrown with grass and weeds.

Anna Stone, facilities co-ordinator at Wynyard Park, said: “The transformation of the site into a well-managed, thriving market garden in such a short space of time has been truly remarkable.”

The work comes thanks to the service users from Stockton Borough Council’s Allensway Centre in Thornaby.

Wynyard Park funded the initial clearance of the site which it is allowing the Allensway Centre to run rent-free, and young people from the Prince’s Trust training programme at Stockton Riverside College, helped prepare the land for cultivation, including creating raised vegetable beds.

There are now plans to develop the garden still further through the creation of a sensory herb garden.