TVPG was created on the neglected site of a demolished building using www.spacehive.com/tvpg to fundraise. The local community reused scaffold boards & pallets to build planters & raised beds, creating a beautiful garden. It has come through the winter well but lack of water is a significant challenge. There is no water point on site. We fill water butts from neighboring houses but this is not a long-term or environmentally-friendly solution. We also want to continue to connect with the community. Therefore we will:
1.Create a rainwater harvesting & drip irrigation system using recycled materials.
2.Minimize water use by spreading mulch to reduce evaporation & weed growth. Mulch also boosts soil fertility. Veolia makes mulch from reclaimed materials. It’s available from Vale St recycling centre across the road.
3.Connect with the community by using recycled materials to make a book exchange box for book recycling & a notice board to share information on garden events & growing news.
We already have a team of lads on our estate that were once loitering like many are now but were fortunate enough to find something they could be passionate about, they are now heavily involved in Calisthenics & have qualified as personal trainers, they are competing on some of the biggest street workout competitions & events in the world. They want to train the youth on the estate & give them the same chance & experience they have had.
Our project will benefit the whole of the community as there will be sessions available for everyone, it will also help with antisocial behaviour. The youth can also work towards becoming a qualified trainer, competing & becoming part of a team. Apart from the bars the bar park also has space for an allotment where we will grow organic vegetables & herbs. Many of the trainers have become vegans as what you consume is vital for overall health & fitness. Both will encourage people onto the park & will bring togetherness through the generations.