The availability of green space was at a premium on the Thornton Estate where the Goodwin Trust is based. So the Trust in partnership with the local community established the Villa Gardens Community Garden.
In 2012 the Goodwin Development trust was offered the opportunity, through the sponsorship of Cargill UK, to further develop that initiative by positively impacting the local environment through urban gardening – and the Thornton Urban Gardeners group (TUG) was born.
Gardening can have a huge impact on local environments, improving the spaces we live in by:
- Generating community spirit;
- Promoting healthy lifestyles;
- Recycling green waste with local composting;
- Growing your own food;
- Green areas help clean the air/rain water;
- Helping decrease soil erosion and nutrient leaching.