Victoria Park - Greenhouse Refurbishment
In the community, for the community - Grow@Jigsaw
This social enterprise project is a projct run by Westcountry Housing and is a sister project of the Jigsaw furniture project in Barnstaple.
More than 20 people per week are helped by the project which is Big Lottery funded to include two full-time members of staff, Ann Davies and Jenni Payne. Training is offered at level one AQA in horticulture and based on the needs and skills of funded clients. Grow @ Jigsaw is all about seeing people not problems!
Grow @ Jigsaw work with a variety of local schemes included the Healthy Start project which provides vouchers to children from the Bideford Bay Children’s Centre whose families can then use them to get fruit and veg boxes from Grow@. The group also have allotments in Bideford where produce is grown as well as at its three greenhouses and polytunnels in Victoria Park, Bideford. Customers include Café du Parc in Victoria Park.
The project provides around 20 fruit and veg boxes per week at £3.10 per box and also sell plants and produce at local markets and in local shops.
The recent Grow@ open day went extremely well and more than 80 people visited despite some rain showers!
Town Council Support
Jigsaw approached the Town Council a couple of years ago with an idea to repair the greenhouses and start their project. The Town Councill were supportive of the project and gave them a grant of £2,000 to help with their start-up costs. Recently the Town Council granted a further £1,800 for new purchases including a large, display wooden wheel barrow for displaying their produce.
Kym Cassinelli who manages the Grow@ project wanted to send a massive thank you to them for the barrow which they will be using when selling down at the French markets on Bideford Quay!