A COMMUNITY garden to grow plants, fruit and vegetables, will be created in an area of Catshill that had previously fallen victim to anti-social behaviour.
The land off Bracken Grove, owned by Bromsgrove District Council, had to be closed because of the troubles but now Catshill in Bloom is determined to make it flourish.
The scheme is a joint effort between ward members Coun Shirley Webb and Coun Jo Till and the 6th Bromsgrove Scouts.
The council’s Place Team has cleared the planters outside the Spar shop and worked with children from Chadsgrove School to plant them out to enhance the village further.
Coun Webb used her county council divisional funds to buy hanging baskets from Singletons nurseries at a discounted price.
The garden centre also provided planters for Gibb Lane, Golden Cross Lane and Birmingham Road too which will be maintained and watered by scouts, pupils and residents.
Businesses who have hanging baskets outside their premises and will be responsible for keeping the village blooming, include Knights Pharmacy, Duncombes Butchers, Modern Electric Tattoo, AgeUk, Spar, Catshill Dentist, Happy Tan, Avante Garde, Village Pets and Gardens, Harper’s Hair Salon, Harris Coaches and Co-op, Amar and Sons and Coventry Silver.
Chadsgrove School also intends, with the landlord’s permission, to make a small community garden on land by the pharmacy.
Coun Webb said: “This really has been a community effort and we could not have achieved this without support from local businesses, the scouts, Chadsgrove, the council and our wonderful residents.
“Catshill has always been a close-knit community and now it is full of colour and gardens which will benefit everyone.”
Catshill aims to enter the Heart of England in Bloom Awards next year.
Catshill in Bloom is looking for volunteers.
Anyone wanting to find out more can message Coun Shirley Webb and Coun Jo Till through the Catshill Councillors Facebook page.
Catshill in Bloom on the Bromsgrove Standard Podcast
Coun Webb dropped in to The Standard’s office this week to talk about the project on our podcast.
Click here to listen to the podcast which also features the latest news and entertainment from Bromsgrove and Droitwich.