It produces fresh fruit and vegetables and free range eggs which the project distributes to the community. It has created a community garden, recruits volunteers and assists them to gain accreditation in horticulture.
Project coordinator, Caroline Murphy said: "Prior to working here, our young volunteers were deemed to be unemployable but now have acquired gardening skills, accreditation and have spoken at public meetings including formally welcoming the Lord Mayor to the garden.
"They operate with minimal supervision and are motivated and extremely proud of what has been achieved. They recently won the Lenadoon Neighbourhood Partnership Adult Achievement Award. They also regularly work with the Suffolk After-Schools and Sure Start, showing the children how to plant and look after their crops till harvest. Their hard work, enthusiasm and pride attract many visitors and groups who would like to develop our model."
National Lottery funding was crucial for this to happen. Caroline says: "It came through at a time when we needed all the help we could get to build the garden; fill the raised beds, plant crops and maintain the garden. We were late in starting and if it had not been for Lottery funding our garden would not be the success it is today."
The Suffolk garden has won the West Belfast Environmental Award; Belfast in Bloom; Ulster in Bloom; and was a finalist in the Brighter Belfast award.
Suffolk Community Forum Eco Club was funded by The Big Lottery Fund
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