Sawyers Close Residents Association secure £10,000 funding for Eco Gardening Project

A huge congratulations to Sawyers Close Residents Association whose lottery bid for just under £10,000 has been granted by the Lottery Awards for All fund.

The group are now putting together a project plan and are looking for suitable partners to help them develop the project.

With the help of the funding, the group will develop a community garden that provides raised beds to grow vegetables and plants as well as buy extra tools for the community’s use. The group also want to develop wild gardens on the estate to encourage wildlife.

Local residents came up with The Eco Gardening project when they were looking to create a community garden. The first stages included the creation of a gardening group as a result of research which was carried out by our Community Development team, looking at health statistics in the area.

People feeling isolated or lonely was a common finding in the research. In addition, chronic illnesses and mental health were found to be problems many people in the area are facing.

As a result of their research, the Sawyers Close Residents Association with Radian and Workers Education Association (WEA), set up a gardening club. The club is open to anyone and it’s hoped that it will see people from all walks of life who are living in Sawyers Close get involved. In turn, this will help those who might be feeling socially isolated or who are coping with chronic or mental health problems to meet new people and share experiences.

The project is connecting people in the Sawyers Close area. This winter, the Gardening Club have already met up to begin gardening activities, including planting salad crops to grow in windowsills.

Now that spring is here, and planting is underway, the group is seeing more people get involved.  There are now 12 members of the club, with at least eight people attending each fortnight.

Residents already involved in the project are really enjoying and benefitting from the project:

“Tonight, was great fun! I’m so pleased to be getting to know neighbours and having the growing projects to bring home. Really looking forward to the next session.”

“Had a brilliant evening at gardening club, I really enjoy growing my plants from seed, they all have names now!”