The project is open to all members of the community, of all ages and they work in partnership with Social Services, Volunteering for Wellbeing, Hafal and our very own Support and Engagement teams. By working in partnership with so many different groups, they are able to specifically recruit people who may be feeling isolated, although anyone is welcome. Through mutual and reciprocal friendly peer support, they are developing a sense of community and bringing people from all different backgrounds and ages together.
They hold regular community days that tenants and other community members can get involved in. On these days the garden is a hive of activity and people can be found planting seeds, digging, weeding, taking cuttings or just sitting down on the bench and chatting over a cup of coffee.
The group has worked hard to clear areas of the site, organizing the garden into plots for growing a variety of different fruits and vegetables. Funding was requested to erect fencing around the plots within the site to protect the produce and flowers being cultivated. Monmouthshire Housing have happily funded the money to pay for the fencing that is needed and hope that the community members that use this project will see this is a sign of appreciation for all the labour of love they put into the garden. The new fence will also greatly improve the health and safety on site for the volunteers and the general public that continue to visit the community garden.
Last year tenants of MHA were very kindly given a plot to grow their own pumpkins in that we then used for Halloween events.