23rd Mar, 2019

Redditch volunteers build new garden planters for residents at St David’s House

Ross Crawford 17th Feb, 2019

GREEN-fingered residents in Batchley are set to see their efforts bloom after a gardening project received help from a group of community-minded carpenters.

Volunteers from Redditch Community Sheds on Britten Street have built new garden planters for residents at St David’s House, as part of a project to get people taking pride in their local environment.

The ‘Home Soil’ project, led by Bromsgrove and Redditch Open Spaces (BROS), is working with tenants in social housing across Redditch, to encourage them to care for local green spaces and enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Residents of St David’s House, on Willow Way, are the latest team to dig-in and brighten-up their community with the addition of some new garden planters.

Roly Duke of Redditch Community Sheds said: “We’re 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 St David’s will create a real colourful show for everyone to enjoy.”

Established in 2017, Bromsgrove & Redditch Open Spaces (BROS) has supported dozens of people to volunteer in green spaces around Redditch, including; work on the community orchard at the Abbey Stadium, helping council tenants maintain small allotments, and even getting a team of teenagers hay-making. Funding for the BROS project has been provided by Redditch Borough Council.

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

“Thankfully there’s already some keen gardeners at St David’s House. Our aim is to encourage more people like this to enjoy the pleasure of keeping their open spaces beautiful.”

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

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