Gardening Club – The Lottery offers three years of support! 

Our club is now in its 10th year and serves many roles.  As well as providing a valued social activity for those who want to get out and meet people, it aims to keep people both physically and mentally active whilst supporting the upkeep of the many gardens and green areas.  Participants can grow plants from seed, tender the various beds, make wildlife habitats or grow fruit and vegetables in the nearby “pop-up” allotment.

We started with nothing and have created so much here including a wildlife area and pond, apiary, orchard and ornamental beds.  Our support has changed over the years from replacing practical items such seating, picnic tables and the odd raised bed, to using public spaces for promoting well-being by bringing the community together and involving them in enjoyable activities.  We welcome local residents and in particular adults dealing with mental health issues who find the calmness of the park relaxing.  One participant commented “Before my Dad died I was his main carer and didn’t go out. I lost contact with most of my friends but coming here is a little oasis of calm.”  With the help from the lottery’s Community Fund we can offer more spaces and experiences to local people.

Roots and Shoots

In addition we are expanding to support the educational needs of the students at Roots and Shoots who experience barriers to learning. Many of the students find entering the workplace or further training difficult and this new programme will provide wider opportunities to support basics such as team working, interpersonal skills along with practical gardening experience which will build on classroom learning.    The students will be working on dedicated gardens in the park, including the wildlife areas and raised beds in the southern end as  well as growing fruit and veg in our “pop-up” allotment just outside the park.

The Gardening Club is open to local residents and runs 1.30-4.00 every Friday except Bank Holidays.  All tools and gloves are provided along with lots of tea and biscuits!

Want to find out more?

Contact Helen - 07981 908919helenb.lees@btinternet.com