National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week began on April 26th and ends on May 2nd.

This year’s mission is to “encourage more people to get their dose of Vitamin G”, according to RHS (The Royal Horticultural Society).

Since the Covid-19 pandemic started, we have become much more reliable on green space to increase our wellbeing. This year, we are celebrating the feel-good power of plants and gardens.

I have become involved in an exciting new project which Enrych have collaborated with TCV (The Conservation Volunteers), the “Green Gym” at the Millennium Garden in Measham.

This project started several weeks ago and at first we met on zoom and chatted about our own gardens and what plants and flowers we like to plan. On 1st April we were able to meet outside for the first time and after the long lockdown it was great to meet up face-to-face with the people I had made friends with virtually.

It is slowly but surely making great progress. So far, myself and a few other volunteers and a few of the people Enrych supports, have been creating space for fruit plants such as blueberries, raspberries and gooseberries. I have been helping dig out a flower bed to put some new flowers in, which has taken a lot of energy- removing lots of stones, rocks and broken glass to make the terrain easier to plant things.

National Gardening Week is great, it has allowed us all to focus on the great outdoors and this particular project has empowered me to discuss my own ideas about creating a more innovative green space. I  want to see the next generation of gardeners blooming!

Gardening has been good for my wellbeing, especially during lockdown. I enjoy being at the  “Green Gym” project, it gives me a purpose and there is always plenty to do. At home I have been growing plants such as Sweet Peas, Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Beefmaster Tomatoes and I am nurturing an Aloe Vera plant on my bedroom windowsill – it is thriving!

I’ve been enjoying a daily walks and the signs of spring have given me the opportunity to take some photos. So frequently I see daffodils, daisies, dandelions, and on the odd occasion a few noisy ducks as well! Gardening and nature are good for the soul and being part of the “Green Gym” has enabled me to make new friends and get involved in something in the community. We hope to create a green space that everyone in the community can enjoy and everyone can plant new things and watch them flourish. Over the coming months we want to add other features, things such as obelisks and wind chimes. We are constantly thinking of new ideas and it is great that everyone gets involved and has their say.

The Millennium Garden project is fast becoming our very own ‘hub’ – not only is it a place where we can socialise but it is definitely somewhere you can improve your mental and general health and wellbeing. I will keep you posted of everything happening there over the coming months and it’s the best place to be to get your Vitamin G!

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