all aboard the channel 4 tool bus

Stanley Grange will step into the spotlight when Channel 4’s double decker Tool Bus comes to deliver a fantastic makeover of the community allotments behind the Plant Centre on Roach Road in Samlesbury.

Harriet Roberts, Operations and Project Manager explains: ‘During lockdown, it was difficult for many activities to take place and so the area got into a state of disrepair. The team applied to the programme to help and we were delighted when we heard that we had been selected to receive their expertise and advice. Staff, residents and families came together with ideas including raised beds, wheelchair friendly accessible pathways and a covered seating area or shed in the centre for gardeners to sit down and rest.’

The Tool Shed crew and Tool Bus arrive on Easter Monday (18th April) for two weeks. Whilst on site, experts will help to design and create a new place for the community to come together to plant and grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Visitors will be invited to come to the Tool Bus whilst it is parked in the car park at Stanley Grange Plant Centre. They will be able to bring items along with them to receive advice for their own mini-makeovers and repairs. Other home-based projects are being filmed around Lancashire, as the experts visit people with their own DIY dreams and disasters.

Once the allotments are complete, local schools and organisations will be invited to adopt one of the raised beds and learn how to grow their own as part of the ‘Plant to Plate’ project. Volunteers are also invited to be trained as buddies. 

An Easter Fair is being held at Gregson Green Community Centre on Easter Saturday (16th April) from 11am to 3pm to raise money for the allotments project. 

Release Date: 12 April 2022