Friday, September 6, 2019 - 15:45

The People and Gardens cricket team beat the Eden Project in their eighth annual match on Sunday, retaining the coveted trophy with their sixth victory.

People and Gardens scored 148 runs in their 20 overs, eclipsing the Eden total of 126. The match was played under blue skies and warm weather in the leafy surrounds of St Austell Cricket Club. People and Gardens captain Rob Woolcock led his team from the front with fine displays of both batting and bowling.

The event is a fundraiser for People and Gardens, a project which gives people with physical and emotional impairments the opportunity to learn all aspects of growing and selling vegetables, while developing their confidence levels too.

The team are based at the Eden Project's nursery near Pentewan where they have created a cricket pitch next to the greenhouses.

They play during break times and have found that the game has helped encourage teamwork, camaraderie and physical fitness.

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 delivers fresh produce to more than 70 households in Cornwall each month.

Ken, who umpired the game as well as taking a fine catch at square leg, said: "Once again we are very grateful to the Eden cricket team for giving their time so freely to what is, for some of our participants including me, the highlight of their year.

“Interestingly, two Eden employees asked to play for us - they obviously wanted to be on the winning side!"

Dan James, Eden’s Development Director, said: “We congratulate the People and Gardens team on a deserved victory. Training starts straight away for the Eden team – we’ll need to up our game if we want to match People and Gardens. A wonderful day supporting a brilliant project!”

People and Gardens is a community interest company that runs a vegetable bag scheme, offering a fortnightly bag of top-quality produce, available for £13 for a large bag or £10 for a small one.

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.