New community food garden created at Kenwood Hall Hotel
At this difficult time, it's wonderful to hear about businesses that are working with local communities to have a positive impact on people's lives, nature, and the environment.
At Kenwood Hall Hotel, on the outskirts of Sheffield, the local community of Nether Edge is using the greenhouses and grounds to create a community food garden.
The project was started in April and volunteers have already made impressive progress.
In just a few weeks a huge transformation has been made – with the greenhouses renovated and ready to use, and the creation of raised beds and traditional allotment-style vegetable beds.
Supporting the local community is really important to Kenwood Hall and the team there can't wait to see the end result.
Alison Teal, Councillor for Nether Edge and Sharrow ward, has organised the project and said:
'It is really exciting to have made a start on creating a community food garden, and we have more and more people wanting to volunteer.
“In less than two weeks we have cleared the site of weeds and started to prepare the garden beds. The staff at the hotel are being so supportive and helpful. I am really impressed by how community-minded the hotel management are. I am hoping we will have a great harvest by the end of the summer!'
Kenwood Hall Hotel – which has a Green Tourism Silver Award – is currently open for key workers. The nature trail in the grounds is also open from 10am-3pm, to allow local residents to enjoy this beautiful outdoor space while maintaining social distancing.
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Before and after: the greenhouse and surrounding areas have been transformed, with raised vegetable beds ready for planting