Donation will help Colburn community gardening group grow

GROUP CASH BOOST: Rev Andrew Cromarty with Will Cook of James Hall & Co. Ltd

Submitted by Will Cook

A community gardening group has the tools for a successful future after receiving £1,000 from a company that owns convenience stores.

Community gardeners at St Cuthbert, based in the village of Colburn, North Yorkshire, now have more tools to carry out their projects after receiving a grant from SPAR UK’s Community Cashback Initiative.

The group was started by the Reverend Andrew Cromarty during the first lockdown of 2020 and his foundation helped add color and beauty to the region during a time of suffering.

Starting with two raised flowerbeds, the group now has the ambition to build many more on the church grounds, so that community members, members of the Fijian community linked to HM Forces, refugees and local schoolchildren can grow food and flowers and access produce on a pick-your-own basis.

Spar granted the money through its community cashback program, with the aim of providing funding to voluntary or community organizations and charities that need it most.

In the north of England alone there have been almost 1,300 applications for funding, with just six awards available for the region ranging from £10,000 to £1,000.

Reverend Andrew Cromarty said: “The £1000 donation from SPAR is brilliant and we are very grateful. We managed to buy sheds, timber and land but needed extra funds for ourselves. expand in order to purchase a polytunnel, tools, seeds, fruit trees and other storage facilities.

“We are a small group of individuals committed to seeing this project succeed, and we seek to inspire others in the community to get involved. I believe this project is what the Catterick Garrison area needs and this grant from SPAR will greatly increase our potential to increase our impact.”

“Tom Murphy, Marketing Manager at James Hall & Co. Ltd, SPAR UK’s main wholesaler and distributor for the North of England, said: “SPAR believes in the importance of nurturing our neighborhoods and supporting the communities we we serve.

“One of the ways we help achieve this is by giving back to local organizations through our Community Cashback program.

“We know communities have suffered during the pandemic, and St Cuthbert’s Community Gardeners application has been selected for a grant because it has truly helped bring people together and has the potential to do so much more.”

Five other organizations in the north of England have received grants under the Community Cashback initiative. These are Northumbria Blood Bikes, Bolton North East Wildlife Trail, Bury Tandem Club for Blind and Partily Sighted People, The Sensory Spot CIC in Hartlepool and Bacup Pride.