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Quadring Mums and Tots in community garden heaven

Quadring Mums and Tots are loving playing outdoors and learning how to grow plants in a new community garden at St Margaret's Hall.

There are three outdoor raised beds for plants and the children are growing pumpkins in one of them, ready for their own use at Halloween, as well as some sweetcorn for themselves.

Another raised bed has been set up with herbs and, once the plants mature, it is hoped they will be available for community use with people able to snip a few leaves to flavour their cooking.

Mum and tots admire their pumpkins in the new community garden
Mum and tots admire their pumpkins in the new community garden

Stephanie Hodson, who runs the Mums and Tots, says the spare raised bed is available for a community group to use.

The Mums and Tots have had one small disappointment since the garden opened as windows in their Wendy House were smashed and litter was left behind.

Following the incident, Stephanie posted on social media that she was delighted to know some people had already been to visit the garden - but also politely asked them to be "respectful" of the area.

Mum and tots enjoying the new community garden
Mum and tots enjoying the new community garden

She continued: "Thank you and enjoy the garden."

Stephanie said the garden has taken shape withdonations of supplies from Henry Bingham, from the nearby Crossroads nursery, and a local farmer. She said Janet Young, who looks after the hall, was a great support.

The community garden is behind the hall on Main Road.

The new Mums and Tots year got off to a good start with the donation of some extra toys and a slide.

Stephanie, who took over the Mums and Tots group at Christmas, is keen to see the garden well used.

She said: "As long as they are nice in there anyone can go in."

Is there a community group in your area with a story to tell? Please email your news to lynne.harrison@iliffepublishing.co.uk

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