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Villagers GROW for Oxfam

Posted by Nina Gora Gender lead, Oxfam in Greece

28th May 2012

Residents of Lighthorne with Campaigns intern Andy Schofield

For the first time Oxfam will be exhibiting a show garden at this year's BBC Gardeners' World Live at the N.E.C. from 13-17 June. The Oxfam Midlands Campaign team has been working with local groups, businesses and designers to bring this unique project to life in time for one of the biggest shows on the Royal Horticulture Societies Calendar.

The garden entitled 'GROWing a Fairer Future' will raise awareness about Oxfam's food campaign, GROW. The garden showcases how we can live more sustainably, by amongst other things, growing our own food and reducing waste.

With the show less than a month away the inhabitants in the Warwickshire village of Lighthorne have been applying their green fingers to help the campaign. Since the beginning of spring the villagers have been growing vegetables which are to be donated to Oxfam. Carol Schofield, secretary of the 'Lighthorne Allotment Association' explained that 'when we heard of Oxfam's need for vegetable plants for the show, local people were delighted to help such a worthwhile campaign'.

Oxfam wishes to thank all the Lighthorne residents who provided vegetables for their hard work and generosity. With contributions from groups such as this we hope to create a wonderful garden and spread the message of the GROW campaign far and wide.

Blog post written by Nina Gora

Gender lead, Oxfam in Greece

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