New greenhouse project will bring generations together

Sprowston Community Greenhouses
Sprowston Community Greenhouses

Published: Friday, 6th January 2017

Residents of Sprowston are being asked to get involved with a new intergenerational gardening project.

The project will see people from across the community come together to grow produce in the Sprowston Community Hub greenhouses in Aslake Close. The gardening group will meet at the greenhouses on Monday evenings at 6pm and is free to join.

The new scheme, supported by Broadland District Council’s Grow Your Community project and the Sprowston Youth Engagement Project (SYEP) has been awarded a grant of £4941 from the Norfolk Community Foundation to buy new gardening equipment and to facilitate the project.

The project will see a group of local young people work with local adults to learn new skills from one another, share stories and gain new experiences. All are welcome to join the scheme, from experienced gardeners to complete novices.

All young people who attend the scheme will gain a nationally recognised youth volunteering accreditation, the Vinspired award, which can also be used for UCAS points on university applications.

Cllr David Willmott, member for community engagement at Broadland District Council said:

"The greenhouse scheme is a good opportunity for all members of the Sprowston community to get involved in something which they may not usually try and to meet people who they may not have otherwise have had a chance to meet. I encourage residents to get involved and to try something new.”

Clare Lincoln, Project Lead at the SYEP said:

“The scheme is an intergenerational project and will teach young people new skills. The project is aimed at breaking down social barriers and is an amazing opportunity to teach each generation that they can benefit from each other's support. I really look forward to kicking this project off and working with new young people and local adults.”

Those interested in the scheme can contact Clare Lincoln on 07917 517405 or email
or call the Grow Your Community project on 01603 430138 or email

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