Help create a community garden at the Bircham Centre

Eves Hill Veg Co, the community market garden in Booton, is looking for people to help create a community garden at the Bircham Centre in Reepham. Volunteers will receive free gardening training, work outside as part of a friendly team and receive a recognised qualification.

Photo: Eves Hill Veg Co

Organised in partnership with Norfolk Community College, the free gardening courses, which include drop-in sessions and an option to gain a Level 1 Award in Gardening (AQA), are available to anyone over the age of 25 who lives in Norfolk and has been “economically inactive” for 12 months or more.
As well as encouraging people currently not working, who may be looking to acquire new skills or confidence to gain employment, the courses are equally suited to people with health issues, retired people, carers and stay-at-home parents – anyone who might enjoy working outside within a friendly supportive group. The short, six-week courses are free to eligible participants, who may also qualify for help with childcare, travel and suitable clothing costs.
The course at the Bircham Centre in Reepham’s Market Place, is held on Mondays from October from 9.30 am – 4 pm. Working closely with Eves Hill Veg Co’s horticulture tutor, participants will help develop and renovate Reepham’s community garden, establishing new planting, beds, trees and shrubs, and working in a beautiful walled-garden environment. The programme is suitable for beginners or those with an interest in gardening, and is ideal for anyone wishing to learn about starting and maintaining a garden.
Courses are also being held at Eves Hill Veg Co (Wednesdays, 9.30 am – 1 pm, 7 November – 12 December: vegetable gardening in a market garden environment) and Grapes Hill Community Garden in Norwich (Fridays, 9.30 am – 1 pm, 2 November – 6 December: gardening techniques in a thriving community garden).
For more information, drop into the Bircham Centre on Mondays or Eves Hill Veg Co, Norwich Road, Booton, on Wednesdays, or contact: Tom Martin 07808 285300 or email

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