Community garden created out of unused land opens at Long Buckby Co-op

08 November 2019

A community garden created out of unused and over-grown land opened to the community at Long Buckby's Co-op store today (Friday, 8 November).

The Co-op has created the garden at its Long Buckby food store to transform a fenced-off area of rubble and over-grown weeds into a space to benefit the whole community.

Working with the Long Bucky Gardening Club and local schools the area will be planted with trees, flowers and around 30 varieties of edible herbs which the community will be able to pick.

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Children from Long Buckby Pre School and Infant School took part in the planting, which will continue in the Spring and also include plants which attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. There are also benches, and a planned remembrance corner will be developed in conjunction with the nearby Co-op funeral home in Daventry.

The project follows major investment in the Co-op’s Long Buckby food store earlier this year. The space is designed to play a role in fostering community spirit and well-being, while connecting children from local schools and nurseries with the natural environment – transforming a dis-used space into an area to benefit the whole community.

Carri-Anne, McBride, Co-op Store Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to launch the community space, we have been receiving incredible feedback. It is very rewarding, and really has made a big difference. The store received major investment to better serve the community earlier this year, and this is now the icing on the cake. We hope it will provide a relaxing and enjoyable space for the community to sit and enjoy the flowers, and once the garden is established we hope the fresh, healthy, herbs will be popular too.”

David Roberts, Managing Director, Co-op Property, said: “Green spaces bring communities together and enhance people’s wellbeing - as well as contributing to a more sustainable environment for us all. At the heart of the Co-op it is about bringing people together and creating value in our communities. Creating stronger communities is a corner-stone of our approach and from the feedback we have received so far we believe that this former disused ground could become a much-loved local community space.”

The move comes as the Co-op partners with charity Locality and others to launch a community spaces campaign to both highlight the number of community spaces at risk, and the power of co-operation to save and enhance them.

Further information:
Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702505551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk