A CASH boost will help the horticulture team at Aldingbourne Country Centre stay green.
The generous donation of £1,738.38 has come from the Tangmere Garden Club.
It will be used to maintain poly tunnels at the centre in which organic fruit and vegetables are grown to be sold to the public in aid of the charity.
The horticulture section at the centre, run by the Aldingbourne Trust, consists of growing organic fruit and vegetables, a tree nursery, perennials, bedding plants, developing composts and growing seedlings.
Jo Rea, who runs the department, said: “We grow a wide variety of fruit and vegetables in a way that is kind to the environment and sympathetic to nature.
“I nurture the skills and enthusiasm of our members to ensure we grow tasty fruit and vegetables of a high standard.
“I firmly believe in the concept that our members take part in every aspect of this process, from selecting the vegetables to grow, to sowing the seeds, looking after the plants and selling the produce.”
She explained how training in the department encouraged the re-use and recycling of items to cut down on waste.
“We follow organic principles by making compost from vegetable waste, using matured farm manure, implementing a four-year stock rotation and using biological controls rather than chemicals or pesticides to combat pests,” she said.
All plants and produce grown at the country centre are available for the public to buy. Organic produce is only available seasonally.
As well as promoting the green ethic, the members at the country centre – adults with learning disabilities – are encouraged to grow fruit, vegetables and plants because of the therapeutic qualities this offers.
The centre is located on the eastbound A27 near Fontwell.