Project’s bumper crop of vegetables

Joy Warren with Spud Club members Derek and Lillian Blamire.
Joy Warren with Spud Club members Derek and Lillian Blamire.

A Lancaster community project is celebrating a bumper crop for its first harvest.

The Claver Hill Project, set up a year ago on the field behind Central Lancaster High school, is a charity determined to increase the opportunities for community growing in the area.

Joy Warren set up Spud Club to encourage local people to go along and have a go at growing their own food.

It costs just £5 to join and volunteers are able to take home piles of veg for free.

Joy said: “The dry summer weather has made it really difficult to keep our crops watered but we have had wonderful peas, beans, potatoes, courgettes and chard.

“We have about 15 people who come down but we are always looking for more volunteers to help – just turn up at the field gate on Ridge Lane on any Sunday afternoon, 2pm-4 pm.” The surplus vegetables grown by Spud club are being sold to people who pass by and to local people and institutions who value fresh local produce, grown without pesticides.

Claver Hill will be sharing a stall with the allotment groups on the Charter Market on September 13 too, for shoppers to sample their produce.

City councillor Caroline Jackson, who co-owns the field with Joy, said: “Spud Club has been fantastic – it’s made so much progress since the beginning of the year.

“Now people can see what is possible we hope to host other community growing projects on our field.

“If you have an idea you want to take forward we would love to hear from you.”

Contact Caroline on 07958 434549 or Joy on the field any Sunday afternoon.