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.