The Ross-on-Wye Community Garden has been running since 2013. It has since evolved into a valuable community asset. Last year, the project was regularly used by 70 adults with a range of mental and physical health challenges, and was supported by 12 regular volunteers. It also hosted a record 481 school children!
Under normal circumstances, the garden is an accessible, welcoming place for people to congregate. Stories told by our users demonstrate that the project has resulted in reduced isolation, has built self-confidence, and has developed new skills. It has catalysed friendships. It has seen more than 400 veg boxes delivered to the local food bank, and it has enhanced an ecologically valuable green space in the middle of town.
The garden has become a popular venue for outdoor learning, particularly for children from local Primary Schools. It will be again! Our mission for these school visits has been:
- to create awareness about how food is grown,
- to promote healthy eating,
- and to (hopefully!) inspire the next generation of horticulturalists.
A tough year for many! Our community garden, like many projects, has been forced to shut its doors. To the disappointment of all of our users, volunteers and visiting school children. Safety first.
We know we will be bouncing back after this lost summer. Our work using therapeutic horticulture MUST continue. It will be more important than ever before!
We rely on income from the sale of plug plants etc. grown by our users, over the summer. These funds are critical in covering the absolute basics: paying the rent, water, and other odds and ends to keep things going. It is not a glamorous or flashy proposal, we are simply asking you to help us pay the bills so we can bounce back.
We know it is a reachable target. Thank you for helping us nail it!