A special event to celebrate the 10-year anniversary since the Golden Gardens Nursery in Bedford opened was held recently.

The garden in Elliot Crescent, Goldington, was transformed in 2008 from a disused garage sites into a community garden.

The project was created by local residents and bpha and makes great use of a once problematic area.  Produce grown is sold to keep the project going, there is also an open access area for people to enjoy.

Jim Playle, Community Development Officer at bpha, said: “It all came about thanks to an £85,000 grant from the People’s Millions National Lottery Fund to help rejuvenate this site, which was suffering from fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour.

“Local people mobilised to win the money and the area was transformed and created as a result; it helped tackle a real community problem.

“The money that it brings in through selling organic vegetables goes towards sustaining the project, and it’s just a lovely little hub for the community and local people do support it and look after it.”

The gardens are sustained by a small team of volunteers, local resident and volunteer Jim Robinson recently led the call for more volunteers to help to sustain the garden if they have time.

He said: “If people have time on their hands, even if it’s just for a few hours a week, it would make a huge difference.”

You can watch a video of the 10-year anniversary event on the bpha YouTube channel below.

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering at the garden, please contact Jim Playle at bpha on 0330 100 0272.