Grant awarded to encourage new generation of gardeners

HEIDI MARLEY is one of the many youngsters to benefit from the gardening activities at Hands of Hope

A CHARITABLE grant of £2,400 will help create the next generation of market gardeners on the Kent and Sussex border, as children start learning about the environmental and personal benefits of growing food.

Hawkhurst-based Hands of Hope will use funding from the Country Land and Business Association Charitable Trust (CLACT) for its ‘Seeds Planted’ initiative, helping 7 to 18-year-old children learn to grow their own food.

James Doran, founder and chairman of Hands of Hope, said the charity supported NHS recommendations – to connect, to be active, to take notice, to learn and to give back – as well as the Government’s ‘Green Future’ strategy.

“Natural environments can be used as a resource for preventative, therapeutic and educational purposes, using nature-based interventions to improve physical and mental health as well as teaching the next generation of potential market gardeners,” he explained.

Funded by the farmers, landowners and rural businesses of the Country Land and Business Association, the CLACT offers grants to organisations that help disabled or disadvantaged young people connect with
the countryside and nature.

For more information about CLACT, visit:

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