The borders of the Paulsgrove Children’s Centre are now flourishing thanks to the volunteers at 147 Gardening Club and support through a Love Your Street grant of £500.
Over the past two months a team of 10 dedicated volunteers have spent 60 hours of their time to create beautiful flower beds for the children and families who use the centre.
I have been able to give something back to the local areaTerry Bryant
The community group undertook the project after being awarded a mini-grant, which aims to support work with residents in the community to help make a positive difference in their area.
The group originally met for coffee mornings before deciding a gardening club was something they would like to set up. They began gardening in their own backyard, 147 Allaway Avenue, and then expanded into the local area.
Terry Bryant, gardening club volunteer, said: ‘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 doing some gardening for them.’
Since then, the group 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 said: ‘The club is quite a social group and 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.
‘When you ask what I have got out of the project, there’s been a lot of tiredness and stress but mainly enjoyment.
‘I have been able to give something back to the local area.’
The group have now started work on planting a herb garden and are looking to put in a bug hotel and a veggie patch over the next year.
Love Your Street is now taking grant applications. For forms visit volunteer.portsmouth.gov.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.