Garden share scheme is great success

BUDDING gardeners without access to their own garden space can now fulfil their hobby, thanks to a new initiative which pairs them with those who do.

The Garden Share scheme, an initiative between Transition Town Worthing and Adur and Worthing councils, has seen 12 pairs of gardeners put together so far.

It was set up to mainly benefit older people but the scheme has seen people of all ages sign up.

Jim Carter, of Saxony Road, Worthing, said: “I am my wife’s carer and not able to look after the garden full time, so we like giving a chance to someone who does not have a garden, to plant and cultivate their own veg.”

The scheme has inspired the garden owners to take a keener interest in their own gardens.

Melinda Painton, of Offington Lane, Worthing, said: “Our gardeners inspired us to grow veggies in the greenhouse while they had the beds outside. It’s good to swap notes and the communal spirit is great.”

Transition Town Worthing is now looking for new volunteers to help as the new growing season draws near.

Claire Hunt, the scheme’s co-ordinator, said: “If anyone would like to make some matches in their street or neighbourhood, I can get them started. It’s very rewarding because it meets a real need.”

For details, call Claire on 07508 178590.