GREEN-FINGERED allotment keepers at a Marlow community project got together for a barbeque last week to celebrate their second summer of collecting the fruits and vegetables of their labour.
Users of the Triangle Project, which helps disabled people and those with mental health problems, took a break from digging to enjoy a burger or two at the Hanging Hill site on Prospect Road.
Launched in 2013, the scheme aims to offer gardening and growing activities to those who might not otherwise get the chance, allowing users to take home what they reap.
And its mastermind Sylvia Miller said it has gone from strength to strength, with around 50 users celebrating a bumper crop this year after getting their hands dirty putting in the hours on the site.
She said: “They loved it, in the end everyone was standing around eating burgers in the rain under umbrellas, but everyone enjoyed themselves, it was lovely.
“It’s obviously great exercise, the fresh air and community spirit and they learn about agriculture, there’s so many benefits, but the best thing is that they get to see something grow and recognise nature at work.
“I’m very proud, and very appreciative to all the volunteers who turn up every Saturday in wind, rain or snow to help out, I couldn’t have done any of it without them.”
Funding from various organisations including Shanly Foundation, Wycombe District Council, Marlow Town Council - and now Asda and Waitrose - means the Triangle Project can operate independently of the main allotment site.
The Marlow Town Council plot is used by four groups, Sir Aubrey Ward House care home, the Talkback charity, Whiteleaf care home and South Bucks mental health services.
Ms Miller singled out Peter Smith and Ron Davies – who cooked and served all day in the rain - for particular praise after continued support.