The scheme to empower local communities

The scheme to empower local communities


Posted 13th October


In the first of our Rural Business Showcase features, courtesy of Amazon, we meet Helen Turner, Secretary and Trustee of Communigrow, in Kent

"At Communigrow, we aim to empower the local community to reconnect with where their food comes from. At our site in Maidstone, Kent, we educate visitors about how to grow vegetables and herbs, in a way that sustains the local environment. For example, we are passionate about growing our produce without chemicals and alongside the cultivation areas, we are developing an area of thriving natural habitats for local wildlife.

We take a particular interest in driving engagement with schools and groups who may have additional educational needs, inviting them to participate in the full growing cycle - supporting particularly those with additional educational needs.

The initiative was started by Joining Hands in 2011, before Lawrence Snook took on the mantle in 2013 and registered the Communigrow charity. Lawrence very sadly died in 2015; Communigrow would certainly not be where it is now without his passion, vision and determination. The charity is therefore now run by volunteers and a board of trustees, and has continued to grow over the past few years, with numerous groups now participating in its activities and a sustainable income is generated for the charity.

We are all enormously proud of the work that Communigrow does and it is always heartening to hear about the impact that it has on our participants, and we would love to hear of more groups championing similar approaches in their communities".

Communigrow, in Maidstone, Kent, was highly commended in the Social Enterprise/community project of the year category at this year’s Rural Business awards, sponsored by Amazon and the CLA (Country Land and Business Association).





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