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Metro Mayor visits local community garden cultivating wellbeing

Main image: Metro Mayor Dan Norris meets participants on a new Make, Cook, Grow course at Redcatch Community Garden funded by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). Picture (and below) WECA.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris visited a much-loved Knowle community garden on Friday (June 24) which is cultivating people’s wellbeing through a course to help them thrive.

During World WellBeing Week, Mr Norris popped into Redcatch Community Garden to see how a grant from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is making a real difference.

The £7,500 cash injection is being used to fund a Make, Cook, Grow course, where participants can get creative with art, grow veggies in the garden or cook up a storm in the kitchen – while learning important strategies to manage their mental health.

Redcatch Community Garden was launched five years ago on the site of the old bowling green at Redcatch Park – and now employs 17 staff, has over 30 volunteers and sees 200,000 visitors a year, including over 100 schoolchildren.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “Through ‘making, cooking and growing’, Redcatch Community Garden training will give more Bristolians the confidence and the skills they need to go on to learn, grow and thrive.

“Good mental health is so important to leading positive lives and that is why I’m so pleased a £7,500 cash injection from the West of England Combined Authority I lead is supporting local people to build resilience, manage their wellbeing and get on and build a brighter future for themselves”.

Redcatch Community Garden co-founder Kate Swain said: “We are delighted to have been awarded £7,500 from the West of England Combined Authority to enable us to run Make, Cook, Grow.

“These sessions are designed by our art therapists, chefs and gardeners to help attendees build emotional resilience and confidence as they develop new skills. We see a huge need in our community to provide this type of support, and are grateful the Combined Authority has been able to facilitate us to provide it.”

For more information about courses at Redcatch Community Garden visit or their Facebook page