Gosport resident works hard to improve garden

Lorraine Brownsea with Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage
Lorraine Brownsea with Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage
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  • Lorraine Brownsea has transformed the garden at Barclay House, in Gosport
  • She wanted to bring the volunteers together and has given them a nice place to relax
  • Her hard work was commended by Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage
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Hard-working Lorraine Brownsea has created a communal garden in the hope of bringing residents together.

Lorraine lives at council-run Barclay House in Gosport and wanted to brighten up the back garden for people living in the flats.

It was fantastic to meet Lorraine and see what she and the residents of Barclay House have achieved.

Caroline Dinenage

So she got to work and has transformed the area into a place residents can relax and enjoy the sunshine.

The work done by Lorraine was highlighted when Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage went to visit the residents at Barclay House.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘It was fantastic to meet Lorraine and see what she and the residents of Barclay House have achieved.

‘This is a brilliant project which encourages people facing difficult times to get involved with community activities and build support networks with their fellow residents.’

Barclay House is run by Gosport Borough Council and provides families with temporary shelter when they find themselves without accommodation.

Just weeks after starting her garden project, Lorraine has made a difference to the site.

The garden looks attractive, friendly and welcoming for passers-by and has brought the residents together during a stressful time in their lives.

Lorraine has also turned a section of the garden into a vegetable plot, which now provides fresh produce for the residents.

As she continues to volunteer herself for the work in the garden, she also inspires others.

Like Lorraine, many of the other residents are now volunteering at the garden.

But she is not stopping there.

Lorraine also wants to transform the garden at Agnew Family Centre – a similar centre also run by the council in Gosport.

But more volunteers are needed to help improve the garden.

To get involved, please e-mail Lorraine at lbrownsea@yahoo.co.uk.