A healthy future for New Bilton
Midland Heart helped to build a second edible garden for the local community in New Bilton, Rugby, creating further access to free healthy food.
After the success of the first edible garden in New Bilton, Midland Heart’s Community Investment Team was approached by the New Bilton Community Association to help build a second raised bed and plant more fruit and vegetables for the local community. Due to a lack of funding, the local Community Association would not have been able to afford to expand such a beneficial project.
Working alongside Midland Heart’s partners Willmott Dixon, customers, Midland Heart staff and volunteers all pulled together to build and plant the new bed. Willmott Dixon’s supplier Travis Perkins even donated all building materials for free.
Louise Chance, Community Investment Officer said “It was a real pleasure to be able to support this community-led project and help New Bilton Community Association launch their second Edible Garden. Having a second Edible Garden means that more people will have access to free fruit and vegetables on their doorstep. Thank you also to Willmott Dixon for all their hard work. It is very much appreciated by the local community.”
The edible garden allows residents of the local community to help themselves to any fruit or vegetables grown, creating a strong community spirit. With an increased emphasis on healthy eating from the government and the rising cost of living, projects like the edible garden have meant that for many in New Bilton, including more fruit and vegetables in their diet is now easy and inexpensive.