Customers at two of whg’s high-rise homes have a great new environment to socialise in, thanks to the creation of a community garden.
Rosehill Community Garden will serve the residents of St Giles and St Ann’s Court in Willenhall and will aim to increase social inclusion.
Features include a grassed area, flower beds, a water fountain, a seating area, a wooden windmill and a fairy trail garden for children.
The garden has been established through the hard work of a group of local residents. Val Wykes, Linda Lisseman, Linda Flavell, Linda Edwards, Margaret Ann Whittaker and Ian Campbell have all dedicated hours of their spare time in helping to make the garden flourish.
Linda Lisseman said: “I have really enjoyed volunteering in the garden and it is great to see the result of all of our hard work.”
Gardening offers a range of health benefits to its users. As well as providing a great aerobic workout to improve physical health, strength and flexibility, it can also have a positive impact on mental health and emotional well-being by providing an escape to an ‘oasis of calm’.
Isolation is a well known cause of poor mental health. Being part of a community garden with others helps address this by offering the added benefit of a social activity and the chance to make new friends.
Our partners Pinnacle contributed approximately £9,000 worth of equipment and labour to help build the garden. The residents group worked closely with Tracey O’Loughlin, whg’s Community Project Officer, to help establish the new facility.
Tracey said: “The aim of establishing the garden is to help address isolation and loneliness in the two high-rise blocks. This new garden gives customers a nice environment where they can sit together in the fresh air and socialise with other people.
“The many hours that local volunteers put into developing and maintaining the garden made this project possible and we are all thrilled with the outcome.”
Paul Magill, Contracts Manager from Pinnacle, said: “We work very closely with whg to identify areas where we can make a difference to the local residents by improving the outside space and installing benches, pergola’s, raised planters and more.
“We work closely with the resident groups to ensure the design and build is to their specification and all residents can get involved and to continue to improve the garden for the future.”