This project is a garden/social meet up every Tuesday 10am until 2pm in and around Flintshire at three different sites.
1st Tuesday of the month – Llys Eleanor Sensory Gardens, Extra Care Housing, Shotton, CH5 1EH
2nd Tuesday of the month – Mill Lane Allotments & Quayscape Community Gardens, Connah’s Quay, CH5 4HF
3rd Tuesday of the month – Care and Repair, CORUS Club, Shotton, CH5 1PU
4th Tuesday of the month – Mill Lane Allotments & Quayscape Community Gardens, Connah’s Quay, CH5 4HF
Every week volunteers of all abilities and ages get together to do gentle gardening on the various raised bed community plot, sensory gardens and maintain gardens. Volunteers can do anything from weather coating fences, digging over main planting areas, garden maintenance including upkeep of raised bed accessible planters, raking leaves, clearing out the greenhouse, weeding, planting of new seeds, herbs and fruit bushes including new varieties. There is also a community garden area, where volunteers are encouraged to visit to relax and enjoy the calm environment. Many who come along just like to be outdoors enjoying the natural environment, some like to make friends, others like to get on with the many jobs that the different seasons bring. A light lunch often cooked outdoors on a camping stove, hot refreshments and biscuits are provided for everyone, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own mugs and £1 donation to help towards the cost of gas for the camping stove, tea, coffee and milk.
Many gardening items have been donated by kind members of the local community.
Thank you to our supporters
A volunteer-led project has secured funding to expand its activities and help bring the community together.
The project, Digging Deeside, run by social enterprise RainbowBiz, has received just over £33,000 from People’s Health Trust, with money raised by HealthDiverse, through The Health Lottery.
The investment will be used for a project that will bring people from the Connah’s Quay area together to meet new people, share common interests and increase social networks over the next two years.
A purpose built trailer has also been funded to transport equipment and supplies to the project each week and has many accessible features to make sure everyone can use the equipment.
New gardening tools will also mean more participants can get involved with hands-on tasks and enjoy the benefit of growing their own produce while extending their social networks.
Sarah Way, project coordinator for Digging Deeside and RainbowBiz director, said “This funding is life changing for many of our existing volunteers at Digging Deeside and the extra sessions will encourage more people from Connah’s Quay to come along and benefit from socialising – which the community feel really is at the heart of Digging Deeside.
“We are so grateful for the funding which will provide a large gazebo with seats and tables, giving us shelter to meet in when the weather is bad. It is vital as we had to close the project last year due to weather. In the winter when there is not as much to do in the gardens and allotments we will do craft activities”
A new feature of the project will be to provide lunch to participants which is a fantastic chance to sit down and meet other people with similar interests who live locally. The hope is that people will form friendships and start to think of new activities that may interest more people.
Digging Deeside meets at Mill Lane Allotments and the Quayscape Community Garden every Tuesday morning at 10am. Participants are welcome to join anytime between 10am and 2pm and there is no pressure to commit to coming along every week.
Digging Deeside was delighted to receive support from Keep Wales Tidy with #TidyGrant The funding was made available by Tesco’s Single Use Carrier Bag money.
More recently Digging Deeside have received further support for a specific project to create decorative planters to be displayed in the local community. This work has been funded by Grow Wild and work on this project has been carried out during the summer months of 2016.
Below you can see some of the fabulous pots our volunteers have decorated. These have been planted up with #wildflower seeds to encourage bees, insects and add a splash of colour on the Digging Deeside community allotment plot.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Wyevale Garden Centres at Moreton Park who have donated a £50 gift voucher to help replace our much needed tools and purchase more gardening items for our volunteers to use.
For more information about Wyevale Garden Centres please take a look at their website here: www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk
For more information about Mantis please take a look at their website here: www.mantis.uk.com