Learn to Grow is a CSV project which is funded by the National Lottery’s Local Food Grant. The project is providing two year’s practical support and advice to schools and early years groups to establish productive vegetable growing plots in their grounds and to give them the confidence to harvest and cook their produce. The project worker is supporting 10 schools throughout Knowle. Hartcliffe and Withywood to provide weekly gardening sessions and occasional cooking sessions.
Older People’s Gardening Project, in partnership with Bristol City Council, runs a gardening service for elderly and disabled people who are unable to manage their own gardens.
Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers provide a friendly and high quality service which is tailored to the needs of each client. In many cases our work involves clearing overgrown and uncared for gardens so that they can be more easily looked after.
The project has helped to foster trust between the generations by creating opportunities for young volunteers to help and interact with older people. One particular client had suffered a stroke leaving her with mobility issues which largely confined her to house. Her new situation meant that the garden fell into disrepair and became an intense source of frustration for her.
Together, we developed a plan that enabled her to take part in the gardening, but with minimal exertion. By her front door we created a small vegetable patch where she could see the plants growing, flowering and fruiting over the course of the season. We cut her grass, maintained the hedges and shaped the shrubs.
Over time we built up relationships which extend beyond volunteer gardening to providing a links for her with the wider community.