Alton Town Council’s first Alton Community Grow Club session was held in the Public Gardens on March 20.

New gardeners joined lifelong nurturers of nature and young children to learn and work together, sowing seeds to help make Alton bloom this summer.

The group planted hundreds of pollinator friendly flower seeds that will be planted out into flower beds in the Public Gardens and planters in the High Street to brighten up the town centre.

Tomato seeds were also sown for the Alton Community Kitchen Garden, where visitors to the park can enjoy seeing the produce grow and help themselves when it is ready to harvest.

The free Grow Club is seeded with a purpose – educating each other about the joys of gardening while enriching Alton with vibrant flowers and fresh produce.

This project is part of East Hampshire District Council’s Grow Up programme and has received government funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The next chance to participate in gardening with the Alton Community Grow Club will be during the Easter school holidays, on April 10 at 10.30am in the Public Gardens.

People are encouraged to bring their friends and family along to make it even more fun. Children are very welcome but must be supervised by a responsible adult.

To ensure everyone can be accommodated comfortably, book a place in advance at

For more information on this project and other Alton in Bloom community initiatives, email community projects and enhancements officer Emily-Jane Messenger at [email protected]