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Published: June 26, 2022 | Updated: June 27, 2022

Community kitchen garden highlighting food cycle from seed to plate is officially launched

Bournemouth Mayor Cllr Bob Lawton officially opens the new community kitchen garden at The CRUMBS Project.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A new community kitchen garden designed to teach disadvantaged adults about growing different types of seasonal produce has been officially launched in Bournemouth.

Initiated at the start of this year, the garden provides opportunities for patrons of the disability training charity, The CRUMBS Project, to participate in gardening.

It also aims to help those involved to learn and gain confidence in growing their own produce in a wildlife-friendly fashion as well as broaden their awareness and education of horticulture.

Community members, including local councillors, charity staff and trustees, funders, volunteers, and gardening enthusiasts gathered outside The CRUMBS Project training centre for the official opening.

Also attending were representatives from Cherry Tree Nursery – part of the Sheltered Work Opportunities Project (SWOP) – and Transition Bournemouth.

Both charities were involved in the design and planning of the community kitchen garden.

Financial support was received from the Asda Foundation, B&Q Foundation and Screwfix Foundation.

Bournemouth Mayor Cllr Bob Lawton officially opened the garden.

Cllr Lawton, pictured with Professor Peter Jones MBE, Chair of The CRUMBS Project, and trainee Mark, spoke about the importance of learning about where food comes from.

He added: “CRUMBS is a fantastic Bournemouth organisation whose trainees are really pleased to be here and be given this opportunity to learn more about using a valuable green space to extend their learning of the food cycle and see it growing from seed to plate.”