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Presentation of Queen’s Award

We were delighted to welcome HRH the Duke of Gloucester to the garden this week – he presented the Queens Award we were granted in June and gave us the opportunity to host an event where we thanked many of those who support us, in particular the Aviva team.

Ockley Project News

So much has been going on at our new Ockley College.

Eight students are now eight weeks in and some have completed their first assessments – great progress.

The first term finishes at the end of the month and we are looking forward to students learning more in the spring.

The Patchworking Garden Project Ockley Project supports up to 10 people to work towards a horticultural qualification by providing two horticultural therapists/educators, equipment and transport.

This is an exciting new venture and will allow these individuals time and space to build their confidence, knowledge and skills as a way back into work. The project started in September 2019.

We would like to say a big thank you and offer appreciation to a local benefactor in Ockley who has offered us use of a garden and greenhouse.

Huge thanks go to the following who raised funds or gave us grants:

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Presentation of Queen’s Award

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Patchworking Garden Project wins MBE Queens Award

Recognised for its excellence as a volunteer-led organisation, Patchworking has been praised for its support through friendship and gardening through the Queens Award.

It is the highest award given to UK volunteer groups and is equivalent to an MBE.

It is fantastic that the efforts of all of our volunteers who are supported or supporting others has been recognised in all that they do for each other,” says Carmel O’Shea, founder of the charity.

Asked how the garden has helped them, volunteers said: “Its tranquillity, its beauty, its peace, the nature, the fun [and] the acceptance. It’s calming – it helps with my anxiety and I’m making new friends.”

The Patchworking Garden Project hosts 70 supported volunteers and 40 support volunteers working alongside each other with ages ranging from 20-88. Run entirely by these volunteers, this social horticultural project offers gardening, craft and practical garden building skills.