Purfleet Garrison Garden

A Thurrock Council tenant is developing a community garden on the Garrison Estate in Purfleet.

Theresa Avery has been working on the unused garden at the rear of the Purfleet Housing Office

She asked Essex and Suffolk Water if they would help the project by supplying a water butt, but they went better than that, supplying two workers to help her dig over the garden ― as well as supplying the butt.

Theresa said: “I want the Community Garden to be somewhere for local people who do not have gardens to grow their own vegetables. It’s an unused garden and it is important for people to grow their own food and for young people to understand that vegetables don’t just come from the supermarket.

“I’d also like to thank Essex and Suffolk Water for their support, it’s been tremendous.”

She added: “I am looking on planting tomatoes runner beans and some pumpkins for s spooky Halloween treat in October, so any green-fingered people out there young or old who fancy getting involved then please contact me.”

Theresa is also hoping to organise a weekly Coffee Morning every Tuesday between 10am and noon. It will be held in the Youth and Connexions Youth Flat in Centurion Way and the first is expected in the next few weeks.

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