Do You Have Green Fingers?
Gardening is a great way to get active and to get outdoors. I personally find gardening therapeutic as it’s a great way to enjoy your hard work and you also benefit from being outdoors. If you choose to plant vegetables then you are able to enjoy the taste of all your work that has gone into growing them, or if you plant flowers then you are rewarded by the sight of them when they have grown.
Last year, Creative Support funded gardening projects for service users and staff. We have already given over £12,000 to projects to improve their outdoor spaces, grow fruit and vegetables and learn new practical skills and generally improve wellbeing. Read on to find out how some of our projects used the grant to fund their gardening groups.
In Bradford, the gardening group received £200 from the grant last year and spent the money on making up plant tubs for other service users who find it difficult to get out in the garden. Some of the money was also used to produce pomanders and festive table decorations all with a gardening theme. The gardening grant has helped people to become more active and get people out in the garden together and improve their wellbeing.
In Liverpool, last year’s gardening grant funded tenants to work in the garden planting shrubs and bulbs which will bloom this year. Jeremy and Andrew worked hard on keeping the front and back gardens tidy and enjoyed people’s comments about how great the garden was looking. Everyone made the most of the summer relaxing in the back garden on garden furniture that was purchased using the gardening grant.
This year, Creative Support have decided to bring back the gardening grant as it was such a huge success last year! Click here for the application form.
Grants are available for up to £200 for projects who would like to develop their garden space. We have had some great examples of the good work that service users and staff have achieved, we’d love to see more of the great work that the gardening grant has funded. Send your pictures and stories into firstname.lastname@example.org.