Centre’s garden is flourishing thanks to Paulsgrove club

147 Gardening Club volunteers
147 Gardening Club volunteers

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  • The 147 Gardening Club, in Paulsgrove, have transformed the front of a Sure Start centre
  • Thanks to a £500 grant from the Love Your Street campaign, the club has planted a range of bright flowers and shrubs.
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Bright, beautiful flowers have improved the front of a children’s centre.

Thanks to the hard work of volunteers from the 147 Gardening Club, in Paulsgrove, a Sure Start centre has flourishing flower beds.

There’s been a lot of tiredness and stress from the project but mainly enjoyment.

Terry Bryant

The club received £500 from the Love Your Street campaign, which encourages groups and organisations to apply for money to improve their area.

In the past two months the team of 10 volunteers have spent 60 hours of their own time to create the beautiful flower beds for the children and families who use the centre in Paulsgrove.

Terry Bryant, one of the volunteers, says: ‘Finding out about the Love Your Street grant got us thinking about what projects we could do in the area and led to our engagement at the centre.

‘We were approached by the manager of the children’s centre about whether we would be interested in being involved in doing some gardening for them.’

Since then the group’s members have stocked up on tools and got their hands dirty clearing the borders, preparing the soil and planting an array of beautiful bedding plants and shrubs.

Terry adds: ‘The club is quite a social group. As well as being for gardeners, it provides a good opportunity for Paulsgrove residents to get together.

‘We have an age range from 25 up to retirement and have had six new volunteers join the club since we began the project, which can only be a good thing.’

The group, which began as a coffee morning club, has now started work on planting a herb garden at the centre for people to use.

It is also looking to put in a bug hotel and a vegetable patch over the next year.

Terry says: ‘There’s been a lot of tiredness and stress from the project, but mainly enjoyment.

‘I have been able to give something back to the area.

‘I didn’t do much volunteering until I retired and it was only then that I started to get more involved with residents.’