Tunstall community garden seeks public support for funding bid

An ambitious community garden project in Tunstall needs public support to build a new bridge.

The TIGER (Tunstall Island and Garden Environmental Restoration) Project is the only entry in Richmondshire for the Calor Gas Rural Community Fund.

The scheme has been selected by the fund and put forward for a public vote, which opened on May 22 and closes on June 26.

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The project has created a sensory garden and accessible pathway into the community garden so that it can be used by residents of all ages.

Funding from Tesco Bags of Help and North Yorkshire County Council Locality Fund enabled the project to start work earlier this year.

A variety of wildlife friendly areas have already been filled with plants, many of which have been donated from villagers’ own gardens.

The garden is now a quiet haven for residents to socialise together, using a new seating area, or for children to play safely now that the dangerous trees have been removed, and the eroding beck sides have been flattened.

The project is now applying for funding to build a bridge across to the island, and for a wildlife-watching hide to enable residents to learn about the insects, birds and mammals which visit the garden.

To find out more or to vote for Tunstall Community Garden click here.