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Volunteers needed to help launch gardening project for older residents

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Published by Liles for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Care and Support, Housing

Volunteers needed to help launch gardening project for older residents Volunteers needed to help launch gardening project for older residents

Sanctuary Group and Groundwork are calling out for volunteers to come and get their hands dirty by transforming a courtyard garden for residents in Ely.

Tenants of Woolpack Yard, a Sanctuary Supported Living sheltered housing scheme, are ready to begin work on a makeover of the garden but need local people’s support to make the project flourish.

Volunteers will help build raised beds, plant new bulbs, flowers and border shrubs, and carry out general weeding on Friday 12 September and Saturday 13 September 2014.

The work will be led by staff from Groundwork Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the community charity with a green heart.

The project is part of a wider initiative called Growing Communities, which is run by leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group, with an aim to create and develop communal green spaces for the benefit of residents. Turning unused communal areas into green havens, the scheme creates places where residents can socialise and grow their own plants.

Lisa Robertson, local scheme manager for Woolpack Yard, said: “We already have an active gardening club, and we hope that with the new raised beds more of our residents will be able to get involved in any future communal gardening projects.

“Our residents are really looking forward to the project, and keen to help as much as possible, but we can’t do it alone.”

Tillie Sutterby, groundwork project officer, said: “You don’t have to be an expert gardener to lend a hand and get involved. We’ll be providing all of the tools and materials needed, and we’ll be on hand to help guide any volunteers to make sure the work is done safely.

“You may even learn a few tricks of the trade that you can use in your own garden at home.”

The Growing Communities programme is currently being rolled out in a variety of Sanctuary’s properties, including retirement schemes, care homes and housing estates, and Groundwork have been selected to carry out the work at homes across Southern England.

If anyone is interested in volunteering at the garden makeover please contact Natalie.sutterby@groundwork.org.uk

 

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