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    Shrublands Food Bank

    Thank you to those who have donated surplus produce to the food bank via the caged shelving behind the site office or to me directly. Thank you to everyone who is supportive of the scheme through your suggestions and encouragement of an untested initiative.

    Beverley Warner, the manager of the Shrublands Shop, (a registered charity which provides educational activities and advice in addition to weekly food parcels to residents on the Shrublands Estate), has collected produce on three occasions. She comes every Thursday afternoon not only to load her hatch back but to talk informally about her role and has received some gardening tips in return!

    The quantity, quality and diversity of vegetables given have improved over the three weeks. Napoleon might have declared us a nation of courgette growers had he been in charge of operations in the very early days of the scheme. Different types of courgette have been added to lettuce, kale, chard, spinach, marrow, dwarf beans, runner beans, cucumber, early and late potatoes and carrots. Plot holders have donated Long Life milk and tinned tomatoes to supplement the garden fare.

    Produce is often refrigerated to ensure its good condition even though the caged shelving is in a shaded area.

    It is early days but so far so good and it will be interesting to see how the scheme hopefully progresses through the coming months.

    Thank you again for your support with or without courgettes!

    Kevin Trafford