As soon as he heard of the damage that had been inflicted on our Pollinator's Garden, Bearton Ward Labour Councillor Ian Albert offered to contribute to the replacement planting costs.
Although Cllr Albert voted against the Conservative Councillors' proposal to award themselves a pay rise, when the motion was carried, he decided to accept the extra allowance and use it to benefit community groups in the area.
As a part of our Social and Horticultural Therapy sessions at Growing Ability, we come across many situations whereby activities in the garden are used to develop our clients socially, physically and mentally. The sessions we provide aim to improve confidence, self-esteem, health and well-being. Project Manager Liz McElroy takes us through one such situation:
We've had a request from a local wildlife group who need volunteers to help toads this spring:
The common toad is in decline. Many toads are killed crossing the road each spring as they make their way to breeding ponds. Could you help local toads to cross the road? Adult volunteers (at least 18 years old) are needed to help the local patrol on Stevenage Road (near the Redcoats Farmhouse restaurant) on mild evenings from mid Feb to the end of March.
Forest gardens put the importance of plants at the very heart of their philosophy. It’s easy to underestimate plants – their complexity, their versatility and the way their existence quietly underpins our fast-paced, technologically-advanced, indoor lives. Our modern plant-blindness makes it easy to forget the fundamental role plants play in supporting eco-systems which allow us to breathe, produce food and develop life-saving medicines. Forest gardens acknowledge the value of plants and work with them to create productivity and sustainability. Find out how our Forest Garden is coming along and what's in store for it next year ...