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Ollerton and Boughton town councillor helps restore garden to make community feel good about food again



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A few years ago, Ollerton and Boughton town councillor John Pearson walked past the former Feel Good Foods project in the grounds of St Paulinus Church, which had become abandoned through a lack of funding.

What had once been a hive of activity and productivity lay dormant.

The previous Vicar of Ollerton and Boughton, the Rev Zoe Burton, allowed John to rejuvenate the area and return it to its former glory.

Parkgate Academy pupils at the launch of the Feel Good Foods Project in Ollerton. (52183299)
Parkgate Academy pupils at the launch of the Feel Good Foods Project in Ollerton. (52183299)

A team of community volunteers and numerous groups, such as the Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest, the Lions and Bassetlaw Masons, went the extra mile by committing funding for the work to begin in earnest.

In addition to this, children in Years five and six at the Parkgate Academy, New Ollerton designed and created ceramic tiles for the garden’s pathway based on a nature theme.

Parkgate Academy pupils at the launch of the Feel Good Foods Project in Ollerton. (52183301)
Parkgate Academy pupils at the launch of the Feel Good Foods Project in Ollerton. (52183301)

Notts County Council took an important role with their ‘Miner to Major’ project, which is funded by the National Lottery Heritage. Also, Newark & Sherwood CVS provided funding too. This provided the financial support for Shaun Clark of Whisker Hill Pottery to run a series of creative workshops in school for the children to design tiles. Later, he fired them in a large kiln.

Helen Mitchem, ‘Miner 2 Major’ engagement officer, said: “This project has been a bright light during lockdown by bringing the community together. It was wonderful to re-connect with young people through the workshops and their creativity shone out through the tiles they made.”

The work culminated with the opening of a new community garden in the grounds of St. Paulinus Church.

The Rev Richard Hanford, Priest in Charge of the Parish of Ollerton and Boughton, cut the ribbon and welcomed members of the community into the garden.

The area is an oasis of calm and the community can feel the benefits of nature in a small town. Deep into the garden, a selection of flora and fauna is waiting to be discovered. In addition to this, garden produce is grown too. Currently, a juicy crop of melt-in-the mouth tomatoes are waiting to be harvested.



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