Help gardening group to grow and prosper

Lythe Gardening Group seeks to recruit new members.
Lythe Gardening Group seeks to recruit new members.
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Lythe Gardening Group is on the lookout for new green-fingered friends to join its ranks.

The group has been going for six years and is a friendly hands-on group which meets up weekly in the growing season to garden together.

Members grow fruit and vegetables on their allotment in Lythe, have young fruit trees on an allotment at Sandsend and also maintain flower beds and large troughs in Lythe and Sandsend.

If you have ever noticed the large beds by the council car park at the bottom of Lythe Bank, it is easy to see how these have been transformed over the past few years.

The gardening group says the council had let them become derelict due to lack of funds and the Gardening Group took them over a couple of years ago.

Lots of new plants, shrubs, bulbs, and annuals have been planted, some from Scarborough Borough Council and many that have been donated; Homebase has been particularly generous.

The group has also been supported by Lythe Parish Council with small grants for seeds and plants.

Clare Churley, of the gardening group, said: “We get lots of lovely comments from passers-by as we do our planting, weeding and maintenance, and we think the beds really improve the area.

“We meet once a week during the growing season and we would love any like-minded people to come and join us.

“We all learn from each other and share our tips and experience.

“We like to enter some produce into the Lythe Show in September, largely to support the show, which is in need of entries, but we win the occasional prize.

“We have put in some raised beds in the allotment in Lythe, and are in the process of bringing the allotment in Sandsend under control, and hope it will be a pleasant area when we have finished, for residents and passers-by to enjoy.

“We usually hold a plant sale each year to raise funds and provide cheap plants and seedlings to the community.

“What we can grow is a bit limited, as we only meet once a week, but we are willing to give anything a go, and have had success with different veg over the years – last year our sweetcorn and pumpkins were great, and the runner beans did pretty well too.

“We share out any produce between ourselves, but we also like to give some surplus to Lythe Community Shop, where we usually end up for a drink at the end.

“If you are a gardener who would like to socialise a bit more, or someone would like to improve your gardening, or just enjoy home grown food we would love to meet you.

“We do not pretend to be experts, but do our best to bring our community together, enhance the area we live in and have a good time.”

People are welcome to go along and members of Lythe Gardening Group on Thursday March 9, 7pm at Lythe Community Shop, or call Clare on (01947) 840708, Pam (01947) 893949 or Lythe Community Shop (01947) 893983 and leave your number.

Alternatively, email clare.churley@gmail.com if you are interested.