Therapeutic Gardening - late summer/autumn 2021
We are absolutely delighted to see all of our participants and volunteers back with us again after working with a smaller group through 2020 due to the pandemic and personal decisions by some to self-isolate. We have also been able to welcome some new participants. The garden has been exceptionally abundant after an initially cold start to the growing season and we are kept busy supplying veg to local restaurants, as well as a small number of veg boxes for members of the group.
On Tuesday 28 September, staff, volunteers and participants will be walking round Derwent Reservoir to raise funds for the project. To support us in this please visit our JustGiving page to donate
Extension to Sanctuary Building
We are deeply grateful to have received new funding , as well as some private donations, to enable us to complete an extension to our Sanctuary building in the Peace Garden. This is really important to enable us to meet social distancing guidelines on wet days in the months ahead. The final decoration is finally finished and we now have a building which is half as big again as it was originally, with adequate space to accomodate the current social distancing guidelines. Looking to the future, it provides a great additional space for indoor activities in inclement weather and storage space for art materials. Especial thanks to the Riding Grange Grassroots Fund for their contribution to the cost of this essential building work.
One of our long-standing participants, Andrew da Costa used his considerable skills as a photographer to produce a fantastic photographic record of the group’s activities through the seasons of the gardening year, 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 link above or 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 Tesco Bags for Help fund, the Watkins Family Fund and the Big Lottery Community Fund for generously supporting us through the pandemic.
Our wonderful Sanctuary building is still 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