The allotment will be used by a number of groups that Leigh Community Trust already work with including young adults at risk of exclusion, unemployed people, local primary and high school pupils, young offenders, the older generation and ex-servicemen and women.
Leigh Community Trust promotes community participation in physical activity and sport, increasing attainment in education, training and employment and by promoting positive physical and mental wellbeing and enhancing inclusion.
Hannah Forbes, Leigh Community Trust Manager, said: "Being based in Leigh we have a deep understanding of the needs of our local community and have a vested interest in creating opportunities for residents. When we were approached by Bents with the offer of an allotment we jumped at the chance as it provides a perfect platform for new initiatives. Gardening is proven to help relieve stress and provides a great physical form of exercise and we are looking forward to seeing the fruits of our labour."
Matthew Dickinson, Head of Outdoor Retail at Bents Garden & Home, and responsible for the Bents’ Community Allotments, said: "The opportunity with Leigh Community Trust came about thanks to one of our existing tenants. We have been looking for local groups to take advantage of one of our community plots but have had little interest from schools, so were delighted when Leigh Community Trust agreed to take a plot. They are exactly the kind of initiative that we hoped would take advantage of this opportunity."
Meanwhile, Bents nursery has created a hanging watering can for the GCA garden on the Peter Seabrook/industry stand at Chelsea Flower Show.
And Squire’s Garden Centres has created a hanging basket of flowers, which will also be displayed at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from 24-28 May.
Squire’s hanging basket, which has one more week to open out into full bloom, will also form part of the Garden Centre Association's "Golden Jubilee Hanging Basket Garden" at the Chelsea Flower Show. The garden marks the 50th birthday of the association, of which Squire’s was a founder member back in 1966. This floral exhibit will be in The Sun’s "Flower Square" within The Great Pavilion, and the garden will measure 4m x 4m square, which is the same size as the average front garden in the UK.
Plants are from Squire's ‘Rustic Charm’ range - which includes varieties such as Geranium Zonal Orange, Petunia Surfina Blue, Calibrachoa Double Apricot and Bacopa Golden Leaves. Squire's is running hanging basket workshops for Chelsea.