Friday, August 23, 2013 - 16:00

On Sunday, September 1, teams from the People and Gardens scheme and the Eden Project will do battle once again in their annual cricket match.

The 20-over match, taking place at the St Austell Cricket Club, will be held to raise money for People and Gardens. The project gives people with physical and emotional impairments the opportunity to learn all aspects of growing and selling vegetables, while developing their confidence levels too.

As well as cricket, there will be a barbecue, bar, stalls and games. There will even be an auction, which includes a photo of the England cricket team signed by the players.

People and Gardens are based at Eden’s plant nursery near Pentewan and play cricket in their breaks, coached by People and Gardens Development Manager Bill Simpson.

The team, who won last year’s match, recently secured a selection of cricket equipment from the England and Wales Cricket Board as part of their ‘easy cricket’ initiative to gets adults into the sport.

Bill said: “With new equipment to help us improve our technique, and regular training sessions, we’re in great shape to defend our title for another year.

“We’re looking forward to a day filled with a fun and friendly atmosphere and really appreciate the support from St Austell Cricket Club in helping to bring everything together.”

People and Gardens was set up in 1997 by Ken and Lorraine Radford and in that time, the horticulture skills of the team have developed so much that the group now supplies the Eden Project’s kitchens and has set up a vegetable bag scheme delivering fresh produce to more than 70 households in Cornwall each month.

The team have helped more than 150 people to make real improvements in their lives and some of these people have gone on to live independently, to study and to find jobs.

The gates open at 1pm and the first ball will be bowled at 2pm. Entry is free, but donations to People and Gardens will be gratefully received.

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