At Lock 15 on the Audlem flight, garden plots have been worked for many years. In 2015 an adoption scheme was set up between us and ADAPT (a local community sustainability group).
The aim was that the volunteer group 'Lock 15 Gardeners Group' would garden an area beside the lock using ecological methods whilst enhancing the area as a welcome point for visitors to Audlem.
In its first year the group of eight members worked the area producing a combination of flowers, fruits and vegetables and also establishing a woodland wildflower area. With the aim to develop 'companion planting' using compatible flowering plants alongside the vegetables to ensure they do not have to use chemical control methods.
Plans to renovate the lockside hut will also hopefully lead to establishing a welcome centre for boaters and other visitors to the canal.