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Grant Success For Corby Business Academy Kitchen Garden

Work will start on a new kitchen garden today (Thursday, April 22nd) after Corby Business Academy has received a £10, 000 grant from Local Food, a £50 million funding programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

After submitting a detailed bid for the cash, Special Needs teacher Nikki Clark will now see her dream of growing vegetables at CBA become a reality.

The garden, which will be located at the rear of the UNIT will include an accessible greenhouse, raised beds, small fruit orchard, a seating area, and chickens and a chicken run. 

Miss Clark said: "We are delighted that the Big Lottery has decided to support us.

The kitchen garden will primarily be accessible for young people with a wide range of physical and learning difficulties. 

"The garden will also enable other student groups in the Academy to gain practical gardening skills as well as be a resource to invite local community groups, particularly groups of people with special needs."

The financial award is part of the Local Food open grant programme which is being coordinated by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) as an award partner of the Big Lottery Fund.

Mark Wheddon, Local Food Programme Manager, said: "It is projects like this that have a wide and lasting impact on the community and we are happy to support them. CBA Accessible Kitchen Garden marks just the beginning in terms of Local Food grants. With a record £50 million to distribute to various groups we will begin to see a real change in the accessibility of local food right across the country."

The garden will be designed to be fully accessible for students with a range of disabilities and will be an educational resource where students will learn and actively take part in where their food comes from and how it is produced.

It will become the basis for an after school club and will be particularly useful during the 'summer school' club that hosts activities for special needs children when most other schools are closed.

As the garden 'grows' further enterprise opportunities will develop to enable the garden to be self sustaining. Future customers may include the Academy kitchen and staff, students and the local community.