MARCH: FACET funding for community gardens

Local charity FACET is delighted to announce the award of funding which will enable their staff and students to create four community gardens over the course of the spring and summer 2013 in March or any of the surrounding villages.

The funding, amounting to £4,830, has been made available through the Comic Relief Local Communities Programme, supported by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

The aim of each community garden is that is makes a lasting difference to the area in which local people with live, work or go to school, with one garden being at a local residential care facility, one at a local school, another at a local sheltered housing complex and one more at a local workplace. FACET is inviting applications from local people for the garden to be created in an area of their choice, as long as it fits within the criteria already mentioned as far as location is concerned.

Applications must be made in writing, either by letter to FACET at the Marwick Centre, 21 Marwick Road,

March, Cambs, PE15 8PH or by email to Words and pictures can be used if preferred. If anyone needs help with submitting their application, then please let us know, and we will do our best to help. Applications will need to show why the garden would be important to the facility concerned and what difference it would make. The closing date for applications will by Friday 22nd February 2013, and

the decision of the panel will be final. The panel will be comprised of partners and supporters of the project.

The charity plans to create the first garden at a local workplace, and then hopefully to harness volunteer support from that company and elsewhere to help us with some of the other gardens. However, support would also be welcomed from any other businesses, who may wish to donate funding or materials to add to what has already been raised. This way we can involve a much wider circle of support and

enhance the value of the project to the local community. This project will also help to underline the value to be obtained by charities and businesses working together.

Criminal record checks will have been carried out before undertaking work on any garden where children or vulnerable adults may be in the locality.

An additional amount of £600 has already been donated by Greenvale AP, the Potato company based at Floods Ferry in March, which will be contributed to the project to provide equipment and materials to be utilised in the creation of the gardens. Also Stratlab has made a donation in lieu of sending Christmas cards in 2012, and this also will be contributed to this exciting project.

If you would like to know more about FACET or the content of this news item please contact:

Linda Ingram, CEO, FACET on Tel No: 01354 655080, Mobile 07740 286154