The Chapeltown Grow Wild Community Project Takes Its First Steps!

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The Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable Trust has launched two exciting new environmental projects, the Obama Gardens, and the Chapeltown Gardening Club.

Over the next few months, volunteers will transform the grounds around the Leeds West Indian Centre into a natural wildlife garden, dedicated to President Barack Obama. It’s all part of Grow Wild, a £10.5m programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to inspire people to sow, grow and support UK native wild flowers.

Chapeltown locals gathered to watch Arthur France MBE, chairman of the Leeds West Indian Centre, plant the first plum tree and sow the first seeds in the Obama Gardens. The Trust also unveiled plans for the Chapeltown Gardening Club; a 24-month long project, which aims to revitalise local people’s gardens whilst giving vital employment skills to young people.

The LWICCT, funded by the Peoples’ Health Trust, is looking for 12 motivated and enthusiastic individuals who are willing to get their hands dirty and have a passion for gardening. At the end of the projects duration, volunteers will be offered the opportunity to own the gardening business themselves.

The Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable Trust is really optimistic and excited about these projects and welcomes new volunteers!

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