GREENFINGERS PROJECT KEEP GROWING!
Green fingered residents eager to put their horticultural skills into action have been given the chance to do so through a project funded by Aston Pride. The Greenfingers project has distributed 500 bulb planting kits and 50 fruit tree kits around thePride area – and the spades with which to plant them. Just over 300 kits were given out at the Aston Pride Family Festival in September and a further 196 shared between seven schools in the Pride area. The project, delivered by the City Council s Employment Preparation Team (EPT), was funded through Aston Pride s small grants project.
Aston in Bloom
Now there are plans to prepare for the Britain in Bloom competition. Residents were consulted at the Family Festival to see if they would be interested in being part of the project which Aston Pride is looking to develop in the coming year. The scheme will enable Aston to take part in this prestigious national competition. The Greenfingers project blossomed literally from a master planning exercise that highlighted the need for green space and improved personal surroundings. The kits are a way for residents to take an active role in raising the standards of their immediate space and to apply these raised standards to the whole of the Pride area.
Kam Hundal, Principal Employment Development Officer said: One of the key elements of the project is engaging the youth of Aston Pride in terms of raising their expectations of what their space could be transformed into with very little effort. It is hoped that having this positive experience will enable them to influence their family and friends in taking care of their area and personal space.
ASTON HALL IN BLOOM
Aston is used to visitors from the four corners of the world. Now the globe has found a temporary home at the door of Aston Hall. Horticultural trainees with disabilities from the city council’s Employment Preparation Team and staff from Nechells Green Garden Centre donated the oval shaped flowerbed to the 16th century manor house, where it will remain until the Aston Pride Family Festival in September. Three metres in diameter and five metres square at the base, the Globe is made of a steel mesh welded together and decked out with bright plants – Sedum, Senecio, Alternathera and Lobelia.
The eye catching plot, named Recycle Mother Earth , features nations of the northern hemisphere and was a star attraction at the Gardeners World Exhibition in June. The green fingered artists – who have spent over a year tending to it – wanted to ensure that their hard work was shared with the community of Aston.
Globe designer Ken Whittaker explained the meaning of his creation: “What we are trying to put over is that mother earth is precious to human life and if we don’t recycle it would become as derelict and barren as the other planets in our solar system.”