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The Co-Operative farms get gardens growing on Southwark Bridge
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 09:57
The Co-Operative farms get gardens growing on Southwark BridgeThe Co-operative Farms brought a taste of the countryside to The Mayor’s Thames Festival, which took place on Southwark Bridge this weekend.

The capital’s city dwellers were given the chance to get green-fingered as farmer Nick Padwick, from The Co-operative Farms, offered hints and tips throughout the day to help people make the most of their own green spaces. He was joined by farming colleagues and representatives from the Goup’s South East Membership team, who gave out free vegetable seeds and advising people how and when to plant the seeds at home in order to grow their own “five a day”.

Nick Padwick from The Co-operative Farms is joined by colleagues Stephanie Mizon and Catherine David  As a major supporter and sponsor of the festival, an entire Co-operative zone was based at the north end of Southwark Bridge. Alongside gardening activities, the zone gave families the chance to find out about “Plan Bee”, the Group’s campaign to help save the dwindling British honeybee population. A walk through the busy bee gardens allowed visitors to see a working hive in action and try out a range of interactive bee-themed exhibits.

The Mayor’s Thames Festival has been set up to bring the people of London together and encourage them to get more involved with their local community, an ethos which is certainly shared by The Co-operative Group.