Restoring the Shipwreck Play Area December 2, 2020

Our volunteers continue to garden with us throughout the winter, the light is dwindling, the temperature is lowering but getting together and gardening keeps our spirits high. Our much loved Shipwreck Play Area has seen better days – we are starting to work on improving it to enhance the natural play experience. Watch our short film ‘Restoring the play area, part I’ here, to see volunteers at work this month:

Restoring the play area film – part 1

We hope to restore the popular Wheelhouse, improve the sandpit and furnish with eco-friendly play equipment – the refurbishment will be in keeping with our commitment to consider the environment and wildlife in all we do. The winter months are an ideal time to begin this work.

Thanks to significant grants from the Heart of England Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Resilience Fund and the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund we have been able to continue the Therapeutic Horticulture Project throughout the pandemic but we need to raise funds for our ‘behind the scenes costs’.

We need your help …

Please support our end of year campaign – the Tree Dressing Appeal – to ensure that Martineau Gardens continues to be a safe and welcoming place for all. Whilst our Therapeutic Horticulture Project has been well supported, the ‘behind the scenes costs’ that keep Martineau Gardens looking beautiful still need to be met. We need your help to keep the hot water running, the toilets flushing, the tools repaired, the seed box replenished, the lawnmowers serviced and a myriad of bills that keep coming in. These essential costs are normally met through our public engagement activities such as the Garden Party, plus venue hire, plant and produce sales. Since March all these income streams have been lost in the year we faced Covid-19 together. This is where we ask you, our community, to support us by donating to our Tree Dressing Appeal so we can continue to care for these beautiful gardens, and keep them open for all to enjoy. 

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Find out more about the Tree Dressing Appeal here.

Find out more about how we garden together during the pandemic here.