This exciting project has created a much-needed haven for carers and local school children in a community allotment setting behind a primary school. Workshops for unpaid family carers are run by the volunteers and gardeners who rent plots from the school, plant and grow vegetables and flowers and run gardening clubs for the school.
Feedback from a 2 hour taster session on I presented on garden design:
‘It is a really wonderful thing you are doing for carers. I nearly didn’t come as I was so busy and worried about Dad last week, but I am so very glad I came - and will try to do so as much as I can, because it did me the power of good! The session was amazing and so good for sorting out what you want from a garden. Please thank her again for me’. J
The facilities on the site were funded by grants from St Albans City and District Council; local County Councillors Rob Prowse and Chris White; the Tesco Bags of Help scheme; and the Big Lottery Fund. The project is supported by Carers in Herts.
The new facilities include a community hub, paved area and fantastic shade sail as shelter from the elements, solar lighting, a heart-shaped bund as informal seating for an outdoor classroom, a wildlife circle for mini-beasts, a wooden pergola providing shelter for a mud kitchen, raised beds for vegetables and flowers, a sound wall, new trees and a path that lets buggies, wheelchairs and wheelbarrows find an easy way in.
There are plenty more ideas in the pipeline as this wonderful resource for the community continues to develop!