Customers in whg’s purpose-built wellbeing scheme Keelson Pointe have been enjoying the benefits of a beautiful and relaxing communal garden this summer, thanks to a budding customer volunteer gardening group.

The six-strong group started their 12-week volunteer training programme back in January this year. The majority of them moved to Keelson Pointe, in Leamore, last year from houses where they maintained their own gardens and some had allotments.

The group completed their training in April and have now started work in the garden with guidance from horticulture tutor Yoke Van der Meer.

Group member Janet Cox said: “Before moving into Keelson Pointe, I lived in a house, so I missed having a garden. Getting involved in the community garden means I can still take part in gardening which I really enjoy. I also like working together with the group as a team, and seeing the garden flourish will give me a sense of achievement.”

Stephen Williams, who lives in Keelson Pointe with his wife, is also a member of the group. He said: “Wherever we have lived, we have always had a well-developed garden and, even though I am now wheelchair-bound, I can still work in the surrounds of the four raised beds to gradually develop them so they give a good display.”

This story originally appeared in the Summer 2018 edition of whg's Round Your Way magazine.