Green Letter Boxes

by Michelle Gersh in Bushey, England, United Kingdom

Green Letter Boxes

Total raised £370

raised so far



Building community connectedness by providing boxed activities for socially isolated and lonely older adults across Hertfordshire.

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. 


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.  Here are the amazing sunflowers that some care home residents 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.


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


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.




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 where necessary and appropriate.

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).




£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 help us buy beautiful postcards to help isolated local residents connect with each other.

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




This project offered rewards

£10 or more

Lavender Bag

A calming burlap bag of lavender from Bushey Rose Garden.

£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

£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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