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Many hands make light work as new planters installed at Redditch home

Correspondent 30th Apr, 2019

GREEN-fingered residents in Headless Cross are set to see their efforts bloom after a gardening project received help from Redditch Community Sheds.

Volunteers from the Britten Street group have built new garden planters for residents at Wood Court on Birchfield Road, as part of a project to get people taking pride in their local environment.

The ‘Home Soil’ initiative, led by Bromsgrove and Redditch Open Spaces (BROS), has worked with tenants living in social housing across Redditch for the last 12 months encouraging them to care for local green spaces and enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Residents of Wood Court have already planted an orchard and are the latest volunteers to dig-in and brighten-up their community with the new garden planters.

Roly Duke of Redditch Community Sheds said: “We were delighted to put our skills to good use to build these planters.

“We can all make a positive contribution to our communities and I’m sure the volunteers at Wood Court will create a colourful show of flowers for everyone to enjoy.”

Established in 2017 and funded by Redditch Borough Council, BROS has supported dozens of volunteers in green spaces around Redditch, including at the community orchard at Abbey Stadium, helping council tenants maintain small allotments, and even getting teenagers hay-making.

Co-ordinator Gary Roskell of the volunteer group Bromsgrove and Redditch Network (BARN) said: “Getting residents to volunteer in their local environment not only makes a difference to their green spaces, but improves well-being and brings the community closer together.”

Residents from Wood Court will be donating plants they’ve grown to Headless Cross Community Orchard’s May Fayre on May 6.

To find out more visit the BARN website or call 01527 60282.

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