Wellness Garden

Meetings at the Wellness Garden are now taking a break for the winter. We’ll resume meeting up in the spring, when the weather has hopefully improved.

As the saying goes, imitation is the best form of flattery. It was therefore really pleasing to receive the following from Helene Hennessy (Dylan Thomas Community School):-

It feels like a lifetime ago that I initially came to you for help and to look at the wellness garden area that you had established in Pennard.  However, after lots of goodwill, hard work and commitment from local people,  we have achieved our goal and now we finally have something to be proud of at Dylan Thomas School.

We worked with DGHeath as you recommended, and the results speak for themselves.

Please see the attached photos and know that you were instrumental in helping me achieve, what some thought was not possible.  The pupils love being in the garden and are really thriving.  They are learning how to plant, grow and harvest fruits and vegetables, the next stage is to teach them and get them cooking this veg in our own school classroom kitchens with our new cooking teacher.

I will be forever grateful for your help, support and advice.  This has made a real difference to the school community.

Kindest Regards

Helene Hennessy

Below are the before and after pictures. It is pleasing to know that our little garden in Pennard has inspired another garden to be built in the area. Well done Helene and the team!

Over the last few months we’ve added a ‘Fragrant Bed’ to the garden. This contains fragrant roses, honeysuckle, sweet peas and lavender. During the Autumn, we planted over 300 Narcissus bulbs. The varieties chosen being all highly scented

The children from Squiggles Nursery have also been busy sowing vegetable seeds and planting bedding plants, along with bulbs. Take a look at their own page to see what they’ve been doing!

If you’d like to get involved in our Wellness Garden or take part in any of the activities planned, please contact us using the form on the Contact us Page.

Our project received £1,500 from the Postcode Local Trust, towards the purchase of the raised beds. For further information regarding the trust see http://www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk and http://www.postcodelottery.co.uk

The benefits of gardening outdoors, the exercise involved and the social interactions experienced, have been recognised as being positive contributors to individual well-being. Not only in terms of physical health but also mental health. Hence the term ‘Wellness Garden’

Wellness Gardens are not allotments, but gardens where gardeners can pass on their skills and knowledge. Demonstrate how to do carry out tasks, such as propagating from cuttings. Meet and socialise with those for whom gardening is new, encourage youngsters to grow crops and educate them in strategies to avoid ‘food miles’. Provide a herb garden for use by anyone from the area and a sensory garden for quiet contemplation or a chat with friends. Beds are also available for individuals or groups to use and practice their skills.

The Garden was officially opened, with Sue Kent (Gardeners World) doing the honors on July the 3rd. Below are photos taken at the event.

Despite the challenges thrown at us by the Global Pandemic, we have managed to get the first phase of our Wellness Garden, more or less completed. The raised beds are available to organisations based in the Parish of Pennard. Interest has already been expressed by Squiggles Nursery and the local Brownies and Rainbows. The Herb Bed will be maintained by the Pennard Gardening Society (PGS). Any beds that aren’t taken up by organisations will be made available to the residents of the Parish. Obviously, with the current constraints, many organisations aren’t able to meet at the moment so PGS will maintain the beds until the autumn, when we all hope that life will be easier!

Within the membership of the PGS, we have extensive knowledge and expertise of all things horticultural. Through the Wellness Garden, we aim to: Share this knowledge and inspire the future generations of gardeners. Provide the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice in one of our raised beds. Through the Herb Garden, supply fresh herbs to those who need them – without the plastic packaging and waste associated with shop-bought herbs. Perhaps, more importantly at this time, provide an area where people can recharge their batteries, come for a chat or sit in quiet contemplation.

Again if you’d like to get involved in our Wellness Garden or take part in any of the activities planned, please contact us using the form on the Contact us Page.

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