In 2016 we launched our Environmental Grants Programme funded by the 5p carrier bag charge donated to us by Greggs plc. Over the past two years this has enabled us to fund hundreds of fantastic projects which aim to improve the environment and to also benefit the wider community. In 2019 we plan to use the funds to deliver wider ... Continue reading »
Grow Chichester has set up and manages two community gardens and two community orchards intended for use by members of the local community. Free weekly therapeutic horticulture sessions led by a trained horticultural therapist are held for vulnerable groups such as the elderly and people with mental health issues.At weekends the gardens are open for volunteers to work and harvest produce. Participants learn gardening skills and are educated in organic and permaculture principles. Visitors to the gardens are advised on growing vegetables and are encouraged by seeing what you can grow in a small space using organic principles, thus gaining the confidence to grow their own. The wider community benefits from the donation of surplus produce to local homeless organisations, refugee drop-in centres and food banks.View all
Another 20 fence posts were replaced with new this Saturday. The sun came out, which usually means more volunteers, but it did not work its' magic this week as there were three of us. Even so all twenty of the prepared posts went in and we even had time to go off and create a patch of ground for wildflower seeds. We have packets donated to us by the #GrowWild people and are hoping to improve the wildflower biodiversity of our small patch of green in the midst of Greater Metropolitan London. Astonishingly, we are already beginning to replace posts in the most damaged area dipicted in our Project Dirt picture and by this time next week, weather permitting, that most damaged area should be made safe -Pheew. That has been a goal we have been working for this Spring - to get that patch where all signs of posts are gone (just the very rotten stubs below ground) before the Healing Garden has many visitors this summer. Some visitors are respectful of course, but there are a few who felt that damaging that stretch further was fun - probably after a few beers! Anyway all will be well after next week when our goal is .....drum roll.... 40 posts! The garden is beginning to look lovely, the Flowering Quince is doing just that and the Creeping Comfrey is attracting bees and hoverflies. Bring on the summer weather. PS I just had to use this picture of volunteer Umme as she manages to look both glamorous and useful at the same time! Many Thanks!