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David Hanson MP visits Flintshare Cooperative at Glyndŵr University


David Hanson paid a visit to the co-operative vegetable garden scheme run by Flintshare at the Northop campus of Glyndŵr University.

FlintShare run three community vegetable growing schemes across the county, the site at Northop, one on the Gladstone estate in Hawarden and one in Cilcain.

The aim of the not for profit organisation is to encourage people to share the work of growing vegetables and then share the produce which comes from them.

Glyndŵr University's campus at Northop is the longest established of the FlintShare sites and the university very generously allows free use of a fantastic piece of land which incorporates part of an old orchard.

With this and several poly tunnels on site the group can grow a huge range of produce including Apples, Pears, soft fruit and a whole range of  vegetables from potatoes to chilli peppers,  melons to marrows.

Colin Hughes, one of the directors of FlintShare, said: “We are very happy to welcome David to the site, it’s a great opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to socialise do a bit of growing and share the great produce.

“We have more land than we can currently cultivate and would welcome anyone, regardless of their experience to come down and have a go.

"If they can only commit a few hours a month or have to fit coming to the site around other commitments in their lives we are still happy to see them.”

David Hanson MP said: “This is a great project; anyone can get access to great quality, fresh fruit and veg in return for putting some work in to help grow it. The cooperative model allows anyone to share the great range of produce being grown even if they haven’t normally got the time or space to manage a garden or allotment of their own”

Anyone who’s interested in getting involved should have a look at the Flintshare facebook page.

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