Garden improvements across our Brighton projects

Garden update Trish Jade and Heidi the dog sat on a new bench

You may remember that earlier in the summer we asked for your help with redoing the gardens in our supported housing projects across Brighton and Hove. A visit from the GoodGym kicked this off in July, and since then we’ve had some very kind garden furniture donations.

Young family on new garden bench
Residents enjoying their new garden bench at our young families project at Gochers Court.

The Budding Foundation, run by Clive Gravett, donated 2 x two-seater benches and 2 x four-seater picnic tables. Clive runs a volunteer program for Tates of Sussex and also created and manages the museum at the Hassocks location. We spread the donated furniture across our Brighton and Hove projects Lansworth House, Gareth Stacey House and Gochers Court.

Garden update Clive Sam and James at Tates Sussex
Clive from The Budding Foundation with Sam, Corporate Partnerships Manager, and James, Community and Event Fundraising Officer.

Clive told us:

Our charity’s aim is to help improve the lives of young people in Sussex, what better way than supporting YMCA DownsLink Group to help improve the outdoor space at their local accommodation for young people, it is so important to encourage the use of garden areas for relaxation and general wellbeing. 

The garden at Lansworth House (pictured below) has been used a lot more over the summer since its clean up and the arrival of new furniture. Residents have had barbeques, painted plant pots and repotted plants during their chaplaincy sessions as well.

New garden bench
Trish and Jade, project workers at Lansworth House, enjoying a two-seater bench donated by The Budding Foundation.

We are so pleased that the garden spaces have become a place that residents enjoy spending time in and have also enabled them to learn some new practical gardening skills.

Potted green plants with red flowers
Flowers potted by residents during their chaplaincy sessions.

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