A new ongoing enterprise is a fantastic photographic record of the group’s activities through the seasons of the gardening year and keen photographer and long-standing participant, Andrew da Costa (above right) has been kept busy taking interesting shots and editing them for our new album with support from volunteer, Veronica Bell. Other participants have enjoyed coming up with humorous captions for the pictures. You can enjoy this vibrant visual record by using the drop down menu at the top of this Latest News page.
As a registered charity, Let's Get Growing is commited to keeping its therapeutic horticulture service available to all, regardless of financial circumstances. The majority of participants attending our gardening therapy days are able to access a personal budget or direct payment. Those who are not supported through the NHS can apply to our bursary fund, as we have a clear policy of welcoming all, irrespective of personal means.
The nature of the beneficiary groups with whom we work means that some charitable funding is therefore needed to support our work. We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Boundary Lane Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, the Tynedale Lions, the Barbour Foundation, the Barley Hill Community Fund, Waitrose Community Matters and the Henry Bell Trust for generously supporting us in 2019.
We also raise our own funds through selling vegetables and fruit from the garden to the Angel Inn at Corbridge, who are keen to buy locally-produced, organic produce to create a fantastic seasonal menu. In 2019, we organised a 4.5 mile sponsored walk from Knitsley Mill towards Lanchester and back - this was an enjoyable day, culminating in a shared picnic and the majority of our participants completed the walk, raising £956 towards the project. We also produced our first ever calendar for 2020, using photos of the garden and surrounding countryside, taken by participants, volunteers and staff. We were all delighted with the end result, which looked very professional and brought in an additional £500 for activities in the year ahead.
Our wonderful Sanctuary building is now available for hire by third parties as an alternative workshop space or away day venue - please see photos below. The building has a newly-fitted kitchen, woodburner and the poshest compost loo you have ever come across! It's simple, cosy and the setting is truly idyllic. Cost £50/half day or £100/full day. All proceeds go towards maintaining the building to support our gardening therapy work. For more information on hiring the building or to check dates, do contact us