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The Patchworking Garden Project is thrilled to announce that we have raised all the funds needed to run the first year of our new project at Ockley! That’s £34,000!

We will be able to support 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 will start 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:

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.

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