l to r Christine Bell (Boro Taxis) Hary Slattery (volunteer) Barry McBride (Coast & Country) Laura Henry (Groundwork Trust) and Sarah Ransome (Groundwork Trust)

Boro Taxis has demonstrated its commitment to the wider community by supporting a scheme that encourages residents to grow their own food.

It has made a donation to a ‘Street Eats’ project, which is a Tees Valley-wide food growing initiative, managed by social enterprise Groundwork NE & Cumbria.

The gardens and allotments at Westfield Farm, Dormanstown, which is owned by Coast & Country Housing, are one of three Redcar and Cleveland locations to host monthly horticultural sessions in each of the three project areas. Produce, grown on site, is offered to those who take part in the activities, with the surplus being sold at a low prices to residents or given to local food banks.

Training is hands-on, inspiring adults and children to grow and cook vegetables and fruits, from potatoes and carrots to strawberries and gooseberries. Added benefits include raising awareness of healthy eating and greater community cohesion.

Participating residents are provided with all tools, materials, plants and seeds they need to make the project a success.

The project aims to engage with 100 households plus members of the wider communities in the Loftus, Lingdale and Dormanstown areas, during the lifetime of the project.

Mohammed Bashir, founder of Boro Taxis, one of the largest private hire taxi firms in the North East, said: “Boro Taxis is proud to be part of Teesside and as a result is keen to help worthwhile local causes. Groundwork’s ‘Street Eats’, which is truly life-enhancing, epitomises the sort of initiatives we are keen to support.

“It is fantastic that communities can come together and learn how to produce healthy foods.”

Sarah Ransome, Groundwork Senior Project Officer, said: “This is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to learn more about growing their own fresh food and to cook it in a healthy way.

“Whether people are using gardens or allotments or have a tiny space on their windowsill for herbs, ‘Street Eats’ will provide all the help and support they need as well as regular opportunities to make friends, swap experiences, share spare produce and learn new skills.”

Kate Culverhouse, Groundwork NE & Cumbria Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted with the success of this valuable community project that provides residents with the resource and knowledge to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs.

“Partnerships with like-minded organisations, such as Coast & Country, are central to Groundwork’s ability to change lives and change places.

“We would like to thank Boro Taxis for its support and its recognition of our project.”

Barry McBride, Westfield Farm Co-ordinator, Coast & Country Housing, said: “The wellbeing of residents is an integral aspect of the Coast & Country ethos. “Westfield Farm provides communal areas for residents and visitors to socialise and enjoy fun and valuable experiences through the ‘Street Eats’ project.”

Groundwork NE & Cumbria secured about £178,000, from the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, to implement the three year project.

Any residents interested in joining the project should contact Laura Henry at Groundwork on 01642 815663 or email laura.henry@groundwork.org.uk for an expression of interest form.

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CONTACT: Helen Logan on 01325 363436

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Notes to editors:

Boro Taxis

Boro Taxis was founded by Mohammed Bashir in 1982 with three cars.

Today the company has a fleet of more than 800 vehicles, provides employment for almost 900 people in Tees Valley and handles more than 80,000 calls per week .All of Boro Taxis’ private hire drivers are licensed with the relevant Licensing Authorities undergo National Vocational Qualification 2 training in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving.

Groundwork NE & Cumbria

Groundwork NE & Cumbria is a social enterprise/charity dedicated to improving the lives of people across the North of England.

This includes:

  • Helping people to retrain, gain confidence and gain valuable work experience.
  • Take practical action to tackle climate change – it recognises that by doing so it can also reduce fuel poverty and help business be more efficient
  • Groundwork NE & Cumbria owns, manages, rents and leases buildings and land in every part of the North of England
  • Enhancing the places where people live, work and play.

Groundwork NE & Cumbria covers the whole of North East and Cumbria and has bases in Bishop Auckland; Sedgefield; Cockermouth; Darlington; Easington Village; Gateshead; Annfield Plain; Lobley Hill, Gateshead; Middlesbrough; Morpeth; Stockton, Sunderland, and Ulverston; and employment offices in Bishop Auckland; Carlisle; Darlington; Durham; Newton Aycliffe; Redcar and Workington.

For more information log on to http://www.groundwork.org.uk/sites/northeast

Coast & Country Housing

Coast & Country Housing: Established in 2001, Coast & Country is a not for profit local housing company limited by guarantee. It is a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) and is regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). As the largest RSL within Redcar and Cleveland, its current rental housing stock totals 10,309.

Its properties and estates are located in a diverse range of urban areas, seaside resorts and rural villages. Coast & Country believes that working together with local people to find local solutions is a key factor in building and sustaining communities.

Delivering high quality homes, Coast & Country is contributing to the prosperity, wider regeneration and sustainability of the communities within the immediate region and beyond.

Coast & Country aims to ensure that its regeneration work will have a positive impact on people’s lives, achieving a careful balance of new homes for sale and for rent and creating the kind of neighbourhoods that will flourish well into the future.

For more information log on to: http://coastandcountryhousing.org.uk/

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l to r Christine Bell (Boro Taxis) Hary Slattery (volunteer) Barry McBride (Coast & Country) Laura Henry (Groundwork Trust) and Sarah Ransome (Groundwork Trust)
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