Students volunteer to help make community garden blooming lovely

Hasland Community Garden

A group of green fingered students from Chesterfield College have started a fantastic project to help to make the community garden at Eastwood Park in Hasland a blooming lovely place to be.

The group of foundation studies students will spend one afternoon a week working in the garden under the watchful eye and expert guidance of Chesterfield Borough Council’s Parks Development Officer, Sarah Poulton.

Together, they will work on looking after the garden and its feathered inhabitants by feeding the birds, weeding, composting, maintaining gardening plots, sowing seeds and growing their own vegetables as well as preparing the area to grow wildflowers.

The students have also submitted a bid to Grow Wild for funding to help them create some artwork for the garden that will help to raise awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants. Grow Wild inspires communities, friends, neighbours and individuals across the UK to come together to transform local spaces, by sowing, growing and enjoying native wild flowers.

Kerrie Robertson, Student Enrichment Co-ordinator at Chesterfield College said:

“This is a great opportunity for our students to get involved in a local project that not only benefits the local community but also gives them different and new experiences. Developing these kinds of skills often ignites a passion in students that lasts a lifetime or gives them additional skills that are useful in everyday life.”

“The students have really enjoyed working as a team and are keen to get started on all the amazing projects that are planned for the rest of the year. It will be wonderful to see the fruits of their labour by the summer. ”