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Gro-Organic have been celebrating the formal opening of a community garden at Three Trees Community Garden in Chelmsley Wood which has been sponsored by CSCM IT Solutions. The garden has been developed by volunteers who transform unused local garden space to provide opportunities to people of all ages and abilities to improve their mental health and physical wellbeing.

Gro- Organics’ service users and volunteers hosted a garden open party to thank Jude Thompson, CEO of CSCM and to celebrate the wonderful work which has taken place over the last year and were honoured that the Deputy Mayor, XX NAME Councillor Karen Grinsell and MP Caroline Spellman attended the event. A wonderful time was had by all, enjoying croissants and making breakfast pizzas on the newly built earth oven.

The garden has been a tonic for local residents and it is no surprise that the garden is locally known as “The good mood garden”. As well as enabling people to keep active and fit, the garden has become a place for socialisation and learning new skills in gardening, food growing and outdoor cooking.

If you would like to nominate a plot of land for transformation or would like to volunteer with Gro-Organic please contact Sarah 0121 630 2190

Quotes:

MP Caroline Spellman – ‘I remember when this was just actually a bit of wasteland and it was just a twinkle in the eye of those who had the inspiration that this could be turned into a place where people could learn about gardening, and just think how many people are now are learning skills’

Debbie – Service user – ‘All of us at the garden thank you very much for letting me take part’.

Gro–Organic CEO – Sarah Gill – ‘Our volunteers’ passion to transform local spaces is what drives these wonderful garden transformations. We look forward to opening more community gardens which in turn will create opportunities for local people to make best use of local spaces’.

CSCM CEO – Jude Thompson – ‘Projects like this make a massive change’, ‘When you (Gro-Organic) expand, the more projects you do you make a lot of difference to the local community’.