Sunday, September 20, 2009

Darlington Gro-Zone

Darlington Mayor Jim Ruck opens Gro-Zone at Lingfield Point
Presentation at the Darlington Gro-Zone

On Saturday morning, together with Sandy and James, I went along to the launch of the Gro-Zone at Lingfield Point. Most of the people attending had expressed an interest in joining up.

Gro-Zone is a collaboration between Marchday Holdings, who operate Lingfield Point, and Darlington Friends of the Earth. The launch was supported too by Darlington Borough Council. Basically, it's an attempt to provide space for people keen to grow their own - with Darlington Council's own allotments over-subscribed, it's a great idea.

Around 1,000 square metres are available. There aren't any fixed ideas yet on how the scheme will develop, but it might include communal space. The soil is poor, apparently (unsurprising given it was once industrial land) so large bags may be used to grow fruit and vegetables. John Wades, who partner the Council on waste disposal, have kindly agreed to provide topsoil.

It's a great initiative, and one I'm happy to promote. The videos show Peter Roberts from Friends of the Earth introducing the morning, and then our own Mayor Cllr. Jim Ruck ceremonially planting a plum tree to launch the scheme. The second video has Eddie Humphries from Marchday saying more about the idea.

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