The volunteers of Gateway Gardening Club are celebrating their 2nd birthday with a crop of sweetcorn, runner beans, tomatoes, onions, and lettuce amongst other items they have been growing over the past few months.

Based at The Gateway Centre on Madford Lane, Launceston, the group was set up after lockdown creating a community garden where any Launceston resident or visitor can come and enjoy nature and time away from the busyness of life.

The project is encouraging local people to volunteer, particularly those who feel lonely or who are dealing with mental health issues, as gardening can be a great way of coping with low mood and depression. It’s providing confidence building and teamwork development as well as producing fresh vegetables for Café Avodah which is inside the Centre.

The project provides a network of friendly, like-minded people who are working together to develop the outside space of the Centre, growing vegetables and plants, and maintaining the Gateway Centre gardens.

The group meet every Tuesday at 10am and are always on the lookout for people who would like to take part in various gardening activities. The green fingered invitation is also extended to those who would like to learn new skills in all aspects of planting and growing.

For further information call The Gateway Centre 01566 770951 or even turn up on a Tuesday morning and the group leader Sheila Cook will be happy to show you around.