Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 15:00

A hotly-contested annual fundraising cricket match between the People and Gardens group and an Eden Project staff team will take place on Sunday September 1 at St Austell Cricket Club.

The 20-over game will be the eighth played between Eden and People and Gardens, a project which gives people with physical and emotional impairments the opportunity to learn how to grow and sell vegetables and build their confidence.

Cricket is a favourite pastime for the People and Gardens team during breaks in their work at Eden's nursery near Pentewan. Playing the game helps encourage teamwork, camaraderie and physical fitness in the team.

Ken Radford, the co-founder of People and Gardens, said: "We're always delighted to meet the Eden team in battle.

“They are all fine people at Eden, helpful, compassionate, caring, and have helped make People and Gardens the organisation it is. But on the day we'll be focused, determined and ready to show them how to play cricket properly!"

Ken set up People and Gardens with his wife Lorraine in 1997. In that time, the horticulture skills of the team have developed so much that the group now delivers fresh produce to more than 70 households in Cornwall each month.

People and Gardens has helped more than 150 people improve their lives and some have gone on to live independently, to study and to find jobs.

The community interest company runs a vegetable bag scheme, which offers a fortnightly bag of top-quality produce, available for between £10 and £13. The vegetables are delivered to homes all over Cornwall and also supply Eden’s kitchens.

Entry to the fundraising match is from 1pm and the first ball is due to be bowled at 2pm. Admission is free but donations to People and Gardens are welcome. As well as top-quality cricket, there will be a tombola, raffle, stalls, barbeque and a bar.

For more information on People and Gardens see