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Bideford Based Social Enterprise continues to thrive

Bideford Based Social Enterprise continues to thrive

Social enterprise continues to grow and expand their services

Dazzling displays are helping Grow@Jigsaw to flourish and expand.

Volunteers are cultivating a thriving social enterprise led by Westward Housing’s Kirsty Bennett and business is bloomin’ marvelous.

The scheme, which is located at Victoria Park in Bideford, just can’t produce enough hanging baskets to meet demand and has already exceeded its summer targets over the last few weeks.

The excellent work at Grow@Jigsaw has certainly not gone unnoticed, as the team are now supplying plants locally and as far afield as Wales.

Team leader Kirsty said: “We’re thrilled with the response. This year we were delighted to supply Northam Town Council with floral hanging baskets, troughs and beautiful planted boats placed around Westward Ho! Appledore, Berrynabour and Northam.

Grow well “However, for the first time, we have extended our services further afield to Pontypool for the British Legion’s town memorial and community garden. This is something we would like to expand on and spread even wider in the future.”

Grow@Jigsaw is a non-profit making organization and prides itself on offering plants and garden displays at extremely competitive prices to the public, businesses and other projects.

Kirsty said: “We are currently working alongside Torridge Council on the Make Bideford Green Project to transform derelict and unsightly areas in Bideford into green areas.

“We have been working hard with local community and volunteering groups to not only supply plants, but to prep areas ready to plant out edibles such as strawberries and herbs.”

The Make Bideford Green is one of only two trial projects of its kind in the UK and is set up to offer communities access to sustainable growing and to encourage healthy food.

Volunteers at Grow@Jigsaw have also sown the seeds for Berrynabour’s 2019 Britain in Bloom entry and are keeping their green fingers crossed for another gold, following on from last year’s success.

Kirsty added: “We’re feeling confident as we’ve also linked up with Berrynabour’s Blue Heart Campaign to support wildlife and natural spaces. We’ve had great feedback, so it’s looking good.”

For more information on Grow@Jigsaw visit http://www.grow-jigsaw.org.uk/ . Alternatively, call in to Greenhouses at Victoria Park, Bideford or call 01237 479762.