Grow for Life continues to grow and flourish in 2019. We have had a productive summer working in eight privately owned gardens of people suffering from ill health and have enjoyed gardening in a Care Home, a churchyard and on the allotment of an organisation that works with people with learning disabilities.
A total of 14 trainees have attended our gardening sessions with two former trainees returning as guests. The trainees range in age from 20-60 and come from all different walks of life and situations. We enjoy the rich experience this brings and find that the older trainees look out for the younger ones. Since last year one trainee has found part-time employment and another has left to do a computer course.
Some memorable sessions include getting the garden of the Care Home ready for their annual fete, potting seedlings to grow for the plant sale and two sessions that were graced with torrential rain! We have shared laughs and stories with each other and enjoyed getting to know our hosts who have made us so welcome.
Many thanks to our four volunteers; Ted, Tom, Sue and Amanda without whom we would not be able to run our sessions and who bring an enthusiasm and gentleness that enhances every session.
We enjoyed a visit to the Botanical gardens in July (see news below) and raised over £250 in a plant sale in June (see also below).
As you will also have noticed our new website has now gone live! We have already done a few tweaks and we would like to invite you to give us any comments / feedback about the structure, layout and general ease of finding what you are looking for. In short, is the website user friendly? Thank you all for your help and support.