The garden is reopening
We are so excited to be reopening the garden to our supported volunteers from Tuesday 11th August. The funding that was so generously donated through our reopening appeal, has allowed us to make extensive changes to the site to provide a safer working environment.
We have also completed a full week of training with our support volunteers.
We are confident in our new practices, and being able to again provide the friendship and activities the garden is renowned for is a source of huge relief.
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:
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.