Volunteers turn a community garden dream into reality


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

Volunteers came together to create a communal garden with vegetables and plants.
Irene Winn, 58, had the idea of growing her own vegetables and plants for others to enjoy at St Mary’s Close, Chirk.
Wales & West Housing (WWH), Keep Wales Tidy and Best Companies answered her call for support.
She said: “I wanted to grow vegetables and herbs that I could then cook and share with other residents by having a barbecue at the scheme.
“I contacted community development project officer Vy Cochran at WWH, who then called on Shane Hughes, Keep Wales Tidy project officer, for support
“Before I knew it, Shane had managed to get six volunteers from Best Companies to help me create a communal garden and my dream is now coming true.”
Mr Hughes added: “I was delighted to get involved in this project, having worked closely with Wales & West Housing in other schemes to help improve the community. I would like to thank Best Companies for providing such great volunteers.”
Stacy Collinson, 36, from Best Companies’ client liaison team, said: “Every year we have six days that can be spent volunteering to help local communities and do charity work.
“So, when Shane asked for our help, we were only too pleased to come along. There’s five of us – me, Michaella, Kate, Becky and James.”
Housing officer Jill Wilcox said: “It’s great to help Irene in this way. It will help the residents to socialise by having a communal garden.”
Vy Cochran said: “I’d like to give special thanks to Tom Poutney from Moreton Park Garden Centre, for his advice and helping to supply suitable plants and vegetables.
“I’m hoping a social group will be formed as a result of the communal garden,” she added.

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