Community garden will blossom thanks to funding from People’s Health Trust

17 June 2016

Residents of all ages have the chance to try out their green-fingered skills through a new community garden project in Farnham, Surrey.

Sandy Hill Community Bungalow has received £10,000 from People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthSound through The Health Lottery.

Through the project, Get Growing @ the Bungalow, people living in Upper Hale, Farnham, will create a community garden, grow produce and take part in cookery classes.

Over the next two years, residents will design, create and maintain the garden through regular meetups.

The project aims to help people to learn new skills, try new activities, get to know their neighbours, enhance the look of the local area and improve the sense of community.

Cathy Burroughs, Sandy Hill Community Bungalow’s Centre Manager, said: “Local people are really at the heart of this project. Residents who were interested in setting up the project started a working group and we’ve had open meetings so anyone who wants to get involved can come and share their ideas.

“The garden is just outside the community centre and we hope that, by being involved in this project, more people start using it and make it their own.”

Residents involved in the project will meet every week and will have the opportunity to share their experience and knowledge with other local people.

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For more information about the Sandy Hill Community Bungalow Get Growing Project contact Cathy Burroughs on 01252 722362.

For more information about People’s Health Trust contact Anna Mauremootoo – email [email protected] or telephone 020 76974017 or visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

Notes to editors

People living in the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain die, on average, seven years younger than people living in the richest neighbourhoods. What’s more, they will spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with an extra disability and have a lower quality of life. We believe that where people live should not unfairly reduce the length or the quality of their lives.

Active Communities is a funding programme for local people with great ideas about how to help create fairer places to grow, live, work and age well.

People's Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local communities to help create a society without health inequalities. It works closely with each Community Interest Company, distributing grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

HealthSound is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Surrey. www.HealthSoundCIC.org.uk

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk

Sandy Hill Community Bungalow offers inclusive activities which support the educational, training, employment, cultural and recreational needs of the local community in Farnham, Surrey. The Bungalow aims to be at the heart of the community, providing a sustainable, secure and welcoming space that is valued and supported by local people. It provides classes and activities and rents out its space to other groups.

 

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