A GARDEN project has been given a boost - thanks to a cash prize in last year’s Healthy Places Awards.
Hunloke Community Garden, on Church Street South, Chesterfield, was transformed from a disused playground into a wildlife haven, where volunteers grow and sell plants and fresh produce.
Maggie Dolan, one of six volunteers who spearheaded the project, said: “We are so grateful for the money we received.
“We won £500 and we are using it to create a new brochure for the garden as our old one was out of date.
She added: “It has definitely helped because, like all organisations, we find it very difficult to manage financially and we are looking all the time into funding and getting grants.”
Judges of the awards - which are run by NHS Derbyshire County with the Derbyshire Times - found the project had helped boost the health of people in the area, through encouraging healthy eating, exercise and environmental care.
Steve Pintus. associate director for public health at NHS Derbyshire County, said: “The money was awarded for achievements in creating sustainable futures, in particular creating a venue where all abilities can get involved in a friendly, local environment.”
In this year’s awards the prize pot is even bigger, with groups from Chesterfield, Bolsover, and North East Derbyshire eligible to apply for anything between £250 and £2000.
Any project or scheme that helps improve the health of people nearby will be considered.
Nominations for this year’s awards can be made by groups themselves or third parties until December 9.
l For an application form, visit http://www.derbyshirecounty.nhs.uk/home and click the link for Healthy Places Awards, or collect a form from the Derbyshire Times, 37 Station Road, Chesterfield, S41 7XD.