GUERRILLA gardening and grow your own for family food banks are among more than 30 community projects to benefit from grant funding by the North of England Horticultural Society (NEHS) this year.

The charity, which organises the twice-yearly Harrogate flower shows, has announced grants of up to £1,000 for a wide range of gardening-based groups across the north of England.

Three main categories featured in the funding round – improving our landscape, grow and learn and special category to commemorate the start of the First World War and the 70th the D-Day landings.

Among the groups to receive grants was Walton Park, in Sale, which was awarded funding towards the rejuvenation of a 50m x 50m feature flower bed with a new herbaceous planting scheme to attract both visitors and wildlife.

Nick Smith, show director, said: “The NEHS has been promoting horticulture for more than 100 years and the aim of our grants scheme is to expand the range of projects and communities benefitting from the charity’s work.

“We have been very impressed both by the variety and the quality of the applications put forward this year, and we are delighted to see the proceeds from Harrogate Flower Shows being reinvested in such worthwhile projects.”

NEHS grants have been awarded to 33 projects across the north.

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