A gardening project in an Essex village is helping to spruce up the area while encouraging residents to take pride in their community.
Sanctuary Housing has joined forces with local mental health charity Trust Links to provide free sessions in Great Wakering during this month and October.
Taking place every Wednesday until October 18, they will give residents the chance to develop and nurture raised beds and ornamental cherry trees in Glebe Close.
The aim of the project is to engage local residents in actively improving the neighbourhood and increase their sense of belonging within the community.
Sessions, which will run from 1pm to 3pm and 3.30pm to 5pm, will be supervised by a qualified gardening professional. They are open to everyone, although children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sanctuary’s resident involvement officer, Chris Silvey, said: “This project is an excellent opportunity for people to play a part in maintaining their neighbourhood as well as spend time with each other.
“We are pleased to be able to support Trust Links with this funding and look forward to seeing how it benefits residents.”
Trust Links CEO Matt King said: “It’s great to be involved with this project. We find community gardening really brings people together.
“This project will enhance the local environment and will also show participants the benefits of gardening for mental and physical health, which is a key objective for Trust Links.”
For more details about the sessions or to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01702 213134.
This project is being funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.