With Covid restrictions continuing into 2021 and in anticipation of frost, rain, or freezing fog, we have been considering our options for January and beyond. Gardening together on the Therapeutic Horticulture programme is a mainstay of many volunteers’ lives, and maintaining safe space indoors is key to facilitating winter work. The lack of dry (leakproof) working zones was a problem we were struggling with, when we were contacted by Mind with a generous offer from the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund. Happily, we can now repair the potting shed roof, provide a dedicated wood chopping area with cover, and continue to employ additional staff to facilitate the smaller working groups. Whilst at time of writing volunteering is paused, on their return volunteers can look forward to dodging the wind and rain as they plant seeds in preparation for spring planting out, propagate plants for our sales area or repair outdoor furniture ready for the better weather when we hope to be able to welcome many more visitors to the Gardens.
Did you know? As a permitted ‘support’ group, Martineau Gardens can deliver Therapeutic Horticulture with up to 15 individuals – the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund is enabling us to create safe space so we can continue to do this, when the time is right and safe to do so.
Frost layering the grasses around the glasshouse in January