A Sanctuary Housing resident from Reading has showcased her blooming good gardening skills at a special presentation for National Gardening Week.
Rose Williams gave a talk to Sanctuary’s employees about her achievement in working with other residents to establish a flourishing community garden at Alan Place. Rose spoke about transforming the vacant piece of land into a gardening space for the community to socialise, grow herbs and plants, and learn gardening skills.
Love of gardening
The 67-year-old’s love of gardening began at a young age when she used to work with her dad on his allotment. It was in 2009, after living at Alan Place for nearly 25 years, that Rose decided to turn the unused piece of land into a picturesque green space.
Funding from Sanctuary has allowed Rose and other residents from the community to buy new fencing, flowers, plants and shrubs for the garden. Further support from Food4Families paid for a specialist tutor to train the budding gardeners in all things horticultural.
Today, the plot is a peaceful oasis for the whole community, with herbs and blooms planted in a flower-shaped raised bed.
Rose said: “I was delighted to be asked to do the presentation and it’s great everyone is so interested – it went really well.
“The project brings all of the community together, including people of different age groups who ordinarily might not mix with each other. A garden is always growing and there’s always something to do!”
Helen Harding-Bentley, Sanctuary’s operations manager for the area, added: “We’re thrilled with the success of the garden and proud of the achievements of Rose and the other Alan Place residents. It’s great that she’s been able to speak to our staff so even more people have been able to hear about how the whole community has benefited.
“Following Sanctuary’s donation to start the garden, the residents are doing a fantastic job of moving the project forward.”
National Gardening Week is a country-wide campaign designed to celebrate and promote the country’s green spaces.