Veg In the Park (VIP) is a community growing hub in Waterhead Park.
The hub was started up by Caroline Lawson and various other members of The Secret Garden Project, almost 2 years ago.
The initial idea began when Caroline was told about gardening sessions 'Digging for Health' at Alexandrea park, which she attended and loved. However, the park was too far for Caroline to travel to and so she identified a disused hut in her local park Waterhead and considered running a small growing project.
After months of work and various meetings with Get Oldham Growing, it was decided the initial site would be too small for the project. However, the Bowling Green space in the same park was suggested, as it hadn't been used for over 12 years. After the site was confirmed, funding was provided by public health and local Councillors.
At VIP you'll find a wide variety of vegetables being grown, including: tomatoes, chard, cabbages, courgettes, marrows, beans, herbs and lettuce. Future plans include setting up a beehive, plant wildflowers, put up bird boxes and insect habitats and selling the grown produce in the hope of attracting local people and groups.