Grow and Thrive became an It’s Your Neighbourhood Group for the first time in 2017 in order to be a volunteer led group that worked on the allotments at Rowlatt’s Hill. Supported by TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) they have built a cabin and paid for gardening courses. They applied for and were successful in obtaining funding from Awards of All (Lottery funders). Previously the Grow and Thrive group volunteers had helped build a polytunnel on the site with funding from Leicester City Council.
In 2017, raised beds have yielded crops that were grown as part of the gardening courses. In order to move forward, the group need to hold volunteer meetings and continue to work with partners to develop a management plan for the site and for raising ornamental vegetables, flowers and edible flowers for the Evington in Bloom campaign. Another idea is to take on more land for a forest garden.