Scheme to hold garden open event

A community scheme that helps adults with learning disabilities acquire horticultural skills is holding a public open day this weekend.

Residents are being invited to go along, have a look around and buy some fresh vegetables.

The open day will take place on Saturday, August 30, from 11am to 3pm at Sleekburn Horticultural Training Unit Kitchen Gardens.

There will be a barbecue from 12.30pm for which there will be a small charge.

The adults have been working hard throughout the spring and summer tending to an array of fruit and vegetables grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides.

Money from the sale of the produce is reinvested back into the service.

Coun Susan Dungworth, policy board member for adult care, said: “The project gives people with all levels of learning disabilities the opportunity to work as part of a team to plant, grow and harvest crops while also selling to and engaging with members of the local community.

“If you are able to support their work by coming along, having a look around the site, seeing what we do, and perhaps making a purchase please do.”

The Sleekburn HTU Kitchen Garden accepts cash or cheques.

The centre is situated on the former Earth Balance Site on the A1147 near Bomersund and is signposted kitchen garden from the roadside.

There is ample parking at the entrance to the site.