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An allotment, created by two mums to bring Narborough families together, is flourishing thanks to a grant of £3,000 from the Breckland Green Communities Fund.

Lucy Carter and Nicola Langford set up the Inspires Me group in August to turn some waste land into a place to grow fruit and vegetables and where families can meet and support each other at the same time.

Both mums have children with disabilities and understand the life-changing impact this brings.

The Rev Stuart Nairn conducted a harvest blessing. MLNF-21PM11136
The Rev Stuart Nairn conducted a harvest blessing. MLNF-21PM11136

They said: “The group is for parents, carers, siblings and children with disabilities and/or mental health problems. We are promoting inclusion, mental and physical wellbeing and environmental awareness.”

The land, in Meadow Road, has come from All Saints Church, Narborough, for a peppercorn rent and part has been cleared free of charge by Paul Sands from SAS digger hire, Narborough.

Plans for the future include making pathways for wheelchair users and creating a wildlife area, a small pond and a bee and butterfly-friendly flowered area. They also want to make use of as many items as possible that would ordinarily be taken to a landfill tip.

Breckland council officials visit the Inspires Me Narborough allotment project to present a Green Community Grant cheque. Pictured (from left): Cllr Ian Sherwood (lead member for sustainable dealing with climate change), Cllr Peter Wilkinson, Lucy Carter and Nicola Langford, who created the group, and other guests. MLNF-21PM11135
Breckland council officials visit the Inspires Me Narborough allotment project to present a Green Community Grant cheque. Pictured (from left): Cllr Ian Sherwood (lead member for sustainable dealing with climate change), Cllr Peter Wilkinson, Lucy Carter and Nicola Langford, who created the group, and other guests. MLNF-21PM11135

Peter Wilkinson, a Breckland councillor and Narborough parish council vice-chairman, said that the Inspiring Community funding scheme has been running for 12 months and that in that time has given out more than £100,000.

While Lucy and Nicola's allotment is the most recent, it has also funded work at the Narborough Bone Mill museum scheme, for a digital education project at Narborough community centre and give neighbouring Sporle a £5,000 grant for children's play equipment.

The Rev Stuart Nairn conducted a harvest blessing at the site on Saturday when Breckland councillors and funding representatives were able to get a first hand look at the project.



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