Green Health Team create community garden from a bramble patch
The Green Health Team focuses on improving people’s health and wellbeing by enabling working together and being active. The group has been branching out on a number of small projects in and around Stroud centre and green spaces. Time has been spent by the group installing a series of steps at the far end of the Capel’s Mill site that now provide walkers and visitors an opportunity to walk along the woodland edge onto the newly created woodland area.
Once the volunteers had finished the skilled and very professional job the group took a week out to visit our allotment in Bisley Old Road where beds were weeded and raised beds built in preparation for planting later in the season. Plans have been made for further visits to the allotment this year. We also enjoyed a lunch at the allotment with a cooking workshop during which we used sweet corn, squash, onion and garlic grown on the allotment.
The group has also been working to create a new community garden from a bramble patch at The Exchange. Volunteers continue to work on the newly created garden as well as the building of a garden shed. The team hope to be back in the next few months to complete work on the patio designed by volunteers which was created for users of The Exchange.
The weekly sessions take place on Tuesdays from 10am - 3pm.
Health and wellbeing are the main themes of a new project we have launched through funding from the People’s Health Trust. The organisation is running weekly eco therapy sessions where volunteers will be working and, in the longer-term, helping to plan and manage green spaces and wildlife areas across Stroud district.
Plans are already being made with work at Buckholt Wood in Cranham for Natural England, The Exchange in Stroud and further work at the Capel’s Mill site. We also hope to provide the opportunities to learn other skills such as garden/allotment maintenance and vegetable growing at our allotment in Bisley Road, Stroud.
Project Officer Richard Lewis said:"This is a two year project and during this time we will return to the green spaces at different times of the year to do seasonal work and also reflect upon how those spaces may have changed. The aim is to get volunteers to learn new skills, have regular outdoor exercise, and make new friends as well as to visit different parts of the Stroud district.”
One of the first main tasks for the group (see picture) has been to upgrade the entrance and parking area at Capel’s Mill, improving both the access and drainage for both work parties and events. The group has since been tasked with moving and organising our large range of hand tools at the Capel’s Mill site - which are now in order!
The weekly sessions take place on Tuesdays from 10am - 3pm