LOCAL residents are being invited to help make Winyates Shopping Centre really bloom at the launch of its Grow Redditch Project.
This Saturday, July 7, seven planters are being put in place in the centre to be be filled to the brim with flowers.
The project idea, which came from the local community, is the first phase of a three stage programme which will also include the creation of a sensory garden and then, in partnership with Winyates Playgroup, an edible garden.
Shannon Gawn, Grow Redditch co-ordinator, said: “Thanks to grant funding from National Lottery Awards for All, One Stop Carriers for Causes, and Redditch Borough Council and support from the council’s Place Team, we are able to implement the first stage of the project.
“Everyone is welcome, and all tools and equipment will be provided.”
The project is being co-ordinated by Winyates-based REACH CIC (Community Interest Company) and manager Liz Williams said: This is a very exciting development in the work REACH CIC does.
“Not only will it improve the look of the centre but will increase the feeling of well-being for local residents.”
Winyates is home to a large number of flats and the residents have no outside space of their own.
The aim is to not only make the centre more attractive but also give locals a shared sense of ownership.
“It really is about getting people to feel proud of their centre and the hope is that, as and when the funding comes available, we can move out from the centre and expand the project further,” added Liz.
“The addition of the edible garden will contribute to our projects around food and health and give children with no garden the opportunity to learn how things grow, and hopefully, eat the fruits of their labours.”
People can pop along any time between 11am and 1pm to dig in and help get the process started.