The Cornfield Project is a community garden run by local residents and volunteers to provide the community with green open space and a recreational area, and is situated nearby the brand-new Elderwood Parc development.
The donated topsoil and gravel will help to enhance existing footpaths and hedges around The Cornfield Project’s main field, as well as provide a series of themed areas with different plants, a large lawn, and six micro allotments.
In April, Lovell sponsored the Portskewett and Sudbrook Fun Run, a 5k race for adults and a one lap race for children around the field. The winners were awarded trophies on the day, and all finishers received medals.
The event was free for everyone in the community to join, and all proceeds raised at the event will help to fund The Cornfield Project and go towards improving the community garden.
This is not the first time Lovell has helped the project, as back in February the developer helped The Cornfield Project with their grant application, which saw them awarded with £4,999 by Resilient Green Spaces. This grant, coupled with the donation of topsoil and gravel, is helping with overall infrastructure for the community garden.
Lovell were also able to facilitate a connection between The Cornfield Project and Archbishop Rowan Williams Church in Wales Primary School. This has led to children from the school visiting The Cornfield Project to plant seeds for the wildflower meadow, and local people in the community are now actively donating plants and shrubs to the project.
David Smith, volunteer at The Cornfield Project said: “Lovell's support to The Cornfield Project has helped advance the latest phase of development by at least a year.
“As a result of this amazing help, we are creating a number of allotment areas for the community to grow its own fruit and veg, a fruit orchard, extensions to the wildlife garden and a sensory garden. Accessible paths and gates will ensure the whole community can benefit from this fantastic facility in our village.”
Gemma Clissett, regional partnerships director at Lovell, said: “At Lovell, we always look forward to working with local community groups and sponsoring events like The Cornfield Project’s Fun Run. We have supported The Cornfield Project in the past and were delighted to help again, as giving back is so engrained in who Lovell is as a company.
“These donations are simply another way that we show our appreciation for the communities we are working in. It is great to see what local residents and volunteers are doing in the community garden, and we are thrilled that our donation of topsoil and gravel will assist them in improving the area.”
Scott Rooks, Commercial Director of Candleston Homes, said: “We are so proud to be a part of supporting this fantastic community group. The Cornfield Project do so much to improve the local area, and we make sure to place community at the heart of everything that we do. We would like to thank Lovell for their support and commitment to the project and we look forward to working with the local community again in the future.”
Situated on Crick Road, Elderwood Parc will consist of 269 new homes and a 32-bedroom care home, being built as a design and build scheme for Melin Homes, Candleston and Monmouthshire County Council.
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