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Local gardening project in the running for a national award

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The Growing Together volunteers and Mary Morgan from the Alliance Homes Group, with their award The Growing Together volunteers and Mary Morgan from the Alliance Homes Group, with their award

A North Somerset project that aims to bring local people into contact with the beautiful natural world around them is going through to the finals of the National Housing Federation's Community Impact Awards this summer.

The Growing Together project is made up of three community allotments around the Bournville area in Weston-super-Mare and encourages local people to participate in healthy outdoor gardening activities. The scheme, run by the Alliance Homes Group, was confirmed as the regional winner in the Better Neighbourhoods category at an awards ceremony in Bristol. Volunteers from Growing Together, Laura Jones, Jamie Woodward and Jan Miles collected the award on the night. Growing Together will now go up against other regional winners in the national finals in London on 12th June.

Mary Morgan, Project Development Worker at the Alliance Homes Group, has been closely involved with the Growing Together project and said: "Winning a Community Impact Award has showed just how vibrant, exciting and diverse the Bournville area is. We are now planning on holding a celebration event to thank all the wonderful volunteers who have given their time and expertise to make this project so successful."

More than 60 housing association projects were shortlisted for the Federation's awards, which celebrate the difference that housing associations make though creating opportunities and bringing local communities together.

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