Green Letter Boxes

by Michelle Gersh in Bushey, England, United Kingdom

Green Letter Boxes

£360

raised so far

15

supporters

Building community connectedness by getting Bushey & Oxhey residents participating in inter-generational grow at home & craft activities

by Michelle Gersh in Bushey, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 11th January 2021 we'd raised £360 with 15 supporters in 59 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Our Belief

At Green Connections C.I.C. we have a passionate belief that nature based activity can offer relaxation, optimism and a sense of connection right now, at a time when it's most desperately needed. 

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Not only do plants and arts can give us all something to look forward to and a sense of hope for the future, there's more... MUCH more...because we believe that these ingredients MAY just hold the key to us regaining a sense of community and encourage kindness, as we gain a greater understanding and perspective of our neighbours and of our neighbourhood.  

That's why we want to involve individuals and families of ALL ages in inter-generational nature based growing and craft activities.  One of our recent achievements was getting children, families and a local care home involved in the Stay Home Grow Sunflowers Project in Summer 2020. A grant from Friends of Bushey Seniors made this possible. Here are the amazing sunflowers that local care home grew, giving staff and residents a sense of joy when they were able to get out into their garden, or look out through their window.

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To spread the joy more, we'll be putting together seasonally themed Letter Boxes, like this one

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This lavender Green Letter Box (pictured above) is full of materials for our workshop which transports participants to another world full of fascinating facts about lavender and about Bushey's Rose Garden...there's even a calming story about the lavender in Provence!

What's unique about the Green Letter Box Project? 
Green Letterboxes and workshops will be:

  • THOUGHTFULLY CONSIDERED DESIGN AND DELIVERY by a highly experienced Occupational Therapist, able to anticipate potential difficulties and barriers for people to take part. Easy Read and Large Print sheets like the one below will be provided with each box. Additional support with accessing digital technology through provision of an I.T. tutor.

    OUR EASY ACCESS SEED SOWING GUIDE & OUR I.T. Tutor guiding a participant before lockdown.

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INTER-GENERATIONAL, encouraging new friendships and support networks through online activities using materials included in Green Letter Boxes

HOLISTIC, especially for those with additional medical/social needs. We are able to provide specialist advice, onward referrals and signposting to other agencies, like Herts Help, where necessary and appropriate.

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  • RAISING AWARENESS OF LOCAL ENVIRONMENT ISSUES and offering simple suggestions for local residents to make a difference to the natural world around them (e.g. through making & scattering wildflower seed bombs).

    SOME BEEBOMBS IN THE MAKING....

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WHAT YOUR MONEY COULD HELP US WITH

£5 donation: could help us to buy beautiful materials to fill our letter boxes.

£10 donation: could help us put easy read/accessible sheets into each letter box.

£20 donation: could pay for an aid/small piece of equipment like a light/magnifier to help an older person with sight loss participate in our activities more easily

£30 donation: could pay for 1 hour  of I.T. tuition to help an older adult access our online workshops. 

£60 donation: this could help cover the cost of expert design, adaptation facilitation and ongoing specialist intervention delivered by a highly experienced occupational therapist 

£100 donation: could go towards the cost of a cellular enabled Samsung tablet, helping someone with a low/no income to access our online workshops with a phone network signal.

Here are some of the rewards you could claim for a donation:

Bee Kind Succulent Hand Painted Pot
Festive Combi Letterbox (Mini winter wreath; lavender bag; wildflower seed bomb bag)
Japanese Style Hanging festive plants ('Kokedamas')
Restive fragrant reed diffuser, night lights and votive

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Rewards

This project offered rewards

£20 or more

3 x 9cm potted plants / 1 tray of bedding plants

You will be rewarded with a tray/pot(s) (depending on seasonal availability of home grown organic plant(s). Potted plants to choose from are: Wallflowers, Ammi Majus & Sweet Peas. Bedding Plant trays to choose from are: Daisy Bellis Perrenis; Violas and Pansies. This is for local delivery (WD23 area) only

£10 or more

Lavender Bag

A calming burlap bag of lavender from Bushey Rose Garden.

£10 or more

Wildflower beebomb bag

A little bag of environmental friendliness, easy to send in the post as well. Brighten up your garden and help pollinators by scattering these wildflower seeds in the Spring.

£20 or more

x1 painted art planter pot (small)

A small painted art pot with a bee design.

£20 or more

Mini Winter Wreath

An adorable natural winter wreath with fresh rosemary and holly for Bushey Rose Garden.

£20 or more

Christmas Combi Pack

Bee Bomb Bag and Lavender Bag

£20 or more

Xmas Potless Hanging Plant (areas local to WD23)

You will receive a uniquely handmade Japanese potless hanging plant which can also serve as a beautiful table decoration. Care instructions included. This is for local delivery (WD23 area) only

£20 or more

Festive Reed Diffuser, Nightlights and Votive

A wonderful fragrant gift set (of reed diffuser, nightlights and votive) donated by Lister Chemist in Bushey Heath.

£30 or more

Christmas Combi Gift Pack

A gorgeous gift pack for the Festive season, ready to send to someone you love, who you won't get to see. Contains lavender bag, bee bombs and mini winter wreath (all hand made).

£40 or more

Festive Potless Hanging Plants (Kokedamas)

A set of 3 uniquely hand made Japanese hanging plants to wow your family and to keep all year round, even darkening up the January days after Chrismas! This is for local delivery (WD23 area) only

£50 or more

1 session of online gardening tuition

1 online gardening tuition session covering topics of your choice and tailored to your garden

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