This project is a garden/social meet up every Tuesday 10am until 2pm in Connah’s Quay Community Allotment which is located just behind the job centre in Connah’s Quay.
Every week regular volunteers get together to do gentle gardening on the raised bed community plot. There is also a community garden area, where volunteers are encouraged to visit to relax and enjoy the calm environment. Free hot refreshments and biscuits are provided for everyone, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own mugs and £1 donation.
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
Many thanks to Everything Local who have provided hands on support in fixing our donated greenhouse and ensuring it is fit for use, together with coverage and features within their magazine. They have recently also donated a much needed bench for our volunteers to use.
Visit the Everything Local website for lots more information.