We are pleased to announce that our gardening project has been running for 5 weeks at Hamoaze House.  Around 20 Hamoaze service users all seemed as keen as mustard to get involved in the project but generally there are between 2 and 7 participants on any given day at present.  We are currently operating Monday to Thursday 10 am until 2:30 pm, arriving for 9:30 am. 

We have tea and coffee making facilities and a place to go when it's raining.  With COVID-19 regulations of 2 m spacing, the capacity is about 7 people.  Shekinah staff are signposting anybody they think would benefit from the gardening project.  Rosanna Eveleigh and I are currently putting together a Level 1 award in Horticulture.  I can deliver this on site and we are hoping that this will be up and running within the next few weeks. 

Andy Kebby has put me in touch with Steve Warren Brown from YGS Landscapes who has kindly offered to sponsor the project.  He has offered much needed supplies of sundries such as plants, trees, compost, pots, seed trays etc.  Steve also offered to draw up some plans for Hamoaze gardens using a 5-year plan.  This could include workshops, polytunnels, glass houses, water features, pergolas, raised beds, composting areas, ornamental beds and areas for indigenous flora and fauna, all with an emphasis on sustainability and a lowered carbon footprint.  Steve will be working closely with Mark Bignell on this as I feel it necessary to be sympathetic to the true purpose of Hamoaze as a community hub, a place for sports and recreation, fun days and open days etc. 

We will keep you updated with how things are progressing in the coming weeks.