The New Hope Trust exists to serve individuals who are homeless or vulnerably-housed through the provision of accommodation and opportunities to transform lives. The garden offers opportunities for people using the service to get involved with traditional gardening jobs, such as planting, weeding, digging and harvesting. Other activities include woodwork (carving, bird boxes, bug boxes, walking sticks), art, sewing, knitting, willow sculptures, music, craft and creative re-use, bush-craft, creative writing, poetry and storytelling. The team also encourage service users to develop their own creative projects. We also run regular Fireside sessions addressing issues and holding discussion on issues such as ‘Keeping healthy in the winter.’
The project of the day was to prepare the ground for, and then build two large raised beds for the charity. Materials we’re very generously donated by Travis Perkins and the volunteers came from Freedom Communications, including four hard working guys from Freedoms UC Apprenticeship Scheme as well as Mandalay Financial.
A short “before” video of the Community Market Garden