Growing2gether – a partnership horticultural therapy project getting the very best out of community resources
The Trust bought the 1.5 hectare former nursery site at Cottismore near Kingsclere in order to develop an already successful working partnership between local charities Newbury Community Resource Centre and West Berkshire Mencap.
NCRC’s Growing 2gether project based at the site is a local food growing and horticultural therapy enterprise, enabling disabled and socially disadvantaged people in the local community to learn horticultural skills, grow their own produce, interact socially and be part of a team.
Growing 2gether also works with disaffected young people, including those classified as ‘NEETs’ (not in education, employment or training) and youth offenders who are able to take part in a range of horticultural training courses designed to help them in their search for employment.
Over the years, the site has been developed to include two large greenhouses, a poly tunnel, an orchard area and a woodwork workshop where project users can learn to make items such as bird boxes and planters. Most recently, two wildlife areas have been created, incorporating an outdoor classroom, and a range of educational activities are being developed for local schoolchildren.
NCRC’s Chief Executive, Kelvin Hughes, commented “We are very grateful to Greenham Common Trust for their continuing support of Growing 2gether. The environmental and health benefits the project provides are greatly appreciated by the wide range of disadvantaged local people who benefit from them.”
Why not get involved in Growing2gether’s community garden and greenhouses, from just a few hours a week, or more, if you have the time to spare.
Growing2gether, Cottismore Park, Newbury Road, Near Kingsclere, RG20 4SY
Tel 01635 299949