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Truro's garden project gets top marks

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 06, 2012

Andy Williams (in the foreground) and Guy Doncaster at the Malabarville allotment project in Truro

Andy Williams (in the foreground) and Guy Doncaster at the Malabarville allotment project in Truro

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A garden project in Cornwall is teaching people how to grow and prepare their own food as well as encouraging them to gain formal qualifications to help take up volunteering and employment.

The Malabar Food Hub project was developed by CN4C and Truro City Council and is based at the Malabar estate, Truro.

Supported by European funding previously unused space on the estate – which has about 400 residents – has been turned into a community garden, cafe and community centre.

Claire Brown, CN4C environment and health manager, said: "We currently have 13 people signed up onto the project with another new band starting on the accredited course.

"Of the 13, ten have gained qualifications, one has moved into work and there are at least four who are regularly volunteering."

Andy Williams signed up for the accredited courses, volunteers on the sub-committee and runs the community plots. He is planning to gain administrative experience with CN4C at the Elms, the group's Redruth headquarters.

He said: "Doing the gardening course and helping on others has really helped with my CVs and job applications because I have something to write in the current employment section and I have already had two job interviews."

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