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Minding the Garden @Hart’s Green Garden – Growing Together

Would you like to be part of Hart’s shared community garden ?

Somewhere well-designed with accessible pathways and seating, raised beds and polytunnels ?

And importantly, where you can find friendly conversation and there is always a cup of tea close to hand !

Minding the Garden would love to offer you a warm welcome to our creative, supportive and practical space, including sensory areas and quiet spaces enabling you to connect with nature and wildlife.

Maybe you are looking for a place to relax and meet others or would like to try your hand at gardening on the Minding the Garden plot at Hart’s Green Garden in Fleet?

Whether your interest is in growing or enjoying being outdoors, our focus is to provide a social and therapeutic area to benefit everyone.

Our aim is to provide opportunities for people in the local communities to help look after their physical health and mental wellbeing.

If you’d like to get involved with the community garden, please complete the Individual Membership Form.

If you would like to make a referral on behalf of another person, please ensure you have their permission and complete the Referral Form.

Community and voluntary groups can join under a group membership.

For any further information, please do get in touch with Hart Voluntary Action:-

Questions

How can I get involved ?

If you are interested in joining the community garden you can apply to join by completing an application form and forwarding it to mtg@hartvolaction.org.uk or posting it to Hart Voluntary Action.

Membership includes:-

  • Refreshments on each visit
  • Weekly access to the garden
  • Guidance, use of facilities and tools whilst on the garden
  • A pair of gloves
  • Half-price offer for two of our creative activity workshops each year (i.e. summer hanging basket, birdbox or Christmas wreath)
  • Invitations to two social get togethers (i.e. cream tea)

This membership donation cost is an annual payment of £80 (a saving of £16 on paying £8.00 monthly). This money contributes to the running costs of the community garden.

*Financial hardship cases can be considered.

How do I refer someone else ?

If you are a health/social/wellbeing professional or a family member/friend, you can refer someone else.

*You must have permission from the individual that you are referring

  1. Complete fully a referral form and forward to mtg@hartvolaction.org.uk
  2. You will receive an email confirming safe receipt of the referral within 3 working days.
  3. Expect a follow-up phone call from Minding the Garden for any further information if required.
  4. The individual referred (along with the referrer if appropriate) will then be invited along to have an initial meet-up with Minding the Garden within 5 working days of receiving the referral. This meet-up may either be in the community garden itself or at Hart Voluntary Action in Fleet.
  5. Minding the Garden will not be able to accept all referrals to the community garden.  However, we will respond either way to a referral within 5 working days of the initial meet-up with the referred individual

 

Can I use my Direct Payment budget ?

If you have been assessed as being eligible by Social Services and are in receipt of a direct payment budget, you can use this for a community garden membership.

Do get in touch with mtg@hartvolaction.org.uk or call 01252 815652 ext 701/702 for more information.

If you are being referred by someone else

If you have been referred to the community garden by someone else, i.e. a health/social/wellbeing professional or a family member/friend, you may have some additional support needs.

Following an initial assessment with you, together we can then create a social and therapeutic session plan including gardening and creative workshops that takes into account your particular needs.

Included in your plan will be:-

  • 1:1 support and structure, specifically tailored for you
  • Refreshments on each visit
  • Guidance, use of facilities and tools whilst on the garden
  • A pair of gloves
  • Invitation to a summer social get together (i.e. cream tea)

The cost for a morning or afternoon session will be £20.00.  This money contributes to the running costs of the community garden.

How can a community or voluntary group get involved

If you are a group that delivers activities for the benefit of the community in Hart and neighbouring districts, you can join on a group membership, which includes:-

  • A group of up to 8 people attending a monthly session
  • Refreshments
  • Either a monthly gardening session or creative activity workshop (including all materials)
  • Guidance, use of facilities and tools whilst on the garden
  • Gloves
  • Invitation to summer social get together (i.e. cream tea)

This group membership donation cost is £60 per month for up to 8 people each time.  An annual membership is available at a discounted price.  This money contributes to the running costs of the community garden.

When will the community garden be ready for use ?

Very soon !

Watch this space for an update on 18th November 2021.

 

What is a community garden ?

  • A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people
  • A community garden is a space that uses gardening to help people take care of their physical, emotional and social wellbeing
  • A community garden is a place to relax, a way to engage with nature, meet others and get active outdoors
  • A community garden can bring people together from different backgrounds and improve individual confidence and and community inclusion

What are the general benefits of a community garden ?

  • A community garden can bring a wide range of benefits, from connecting people with each other to growing fresh food and flowers to enjoy
  • Gardening can help reduce anxiety levels and improve the health and wellbeing of those involved, relieving the stresses and strains of everyday life
  • People report feeling happier and healthier through their involvement in a garden
  • Community gardening benefits people with many different disabilities, including those recovering from stroke and heart disease, blind and partially sighted people, those in the early stages of dementia and people with physical and learning disabilities

Information

Who and Why to refer to the community garden

Individuals who would benefit from joining the community garden are those who:-

  • May be anxious, socially isolated and/or lonely.
  • Have lost confidence after the COVID-19 lockdowns.
  • Have mild mental health problems.
  • Need increased levels of physical activity if at risk of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes.
  • Would like to learn new skills.
  • May not have their own outdoor space to enjoy.
  • Have stopped gardening due to ill health or disability but would enjoy guided gardening with others.
  • Have different disabilities, including those recovering from stroke and heart disease, blind and partially sighted people, those in the early stages of dementia and people with physical and learning disabilities.

 Growing Together in the Community Garden

A community garden can bring a wide range of benefits, from connecting people with each other to growing fresh food and flowers to enjoy.

Gardening can help reduce anxiety levels and improve the health and wellbeing of those involved, relieving the stresses and strains of everyday life.

People report feeling happier and healthier through their involvement in a garden.

Five Key Outcomes from a sustained and active interest in gardening

  1. Better physical health through exercise and learning how to use or strengthen muscles to improve mobility.
  2. Improved mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement.
  3. The opportunity to connect with others – reducing feelings of isolation or exclusion.
  4. Acquiring new skills to improve the chances of finding employment.
  5. Just feeling better for being outside, in touch with nature and in the ‘great outdoors’.

Hart District Council Press Release - 14th June 2021

Hart’s Green Garden – Growing Together

What is the project about?

Hart District Council has been working in partnership with Hart Allotment Association and Hart Voluntary Action to develop Hart’s Green Garden.

The project aims to create a welcoming and inclusive community gardening space for residents to Grow Together, in more ways than one. Hart residents from diverse backgrounds can come together around the shared interest of gardening. The project is currently in its build phase and works onsite started at the beginning of June 2021.

Hart’s Green Garden will form a vibrant part of Edenbrook Country Park’s active area. As a beacon of sustainable community gardening, this project supports Hart District Council’s aspiration to establish Edenbrook Country Park as an award-winning Centre of Excellence for health and wellbeing. Shared facilities and spaces include a shelter, compost toilet and communal planting areas which will encourage connections between all site users.

To read the full press release, use the link below.

https://www.hart.gov.uk/Harts-green-garden

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