Disability Support South Tyneside

Praise For Community Garden

Councillors have praised a scheme which involves community groups in looking after a local garden.

Members of the Select Committee Children and Young People and Independent and Healthy Lives received a report on the work of the Holder House Community Garden Project at their last meeting.

The garden, in Whiteleas, is maintained by local schoolchildren, older people, people with learning and physical disabilities and people with mental health problems.

Chair of the Committee, Councillor Ernest Gibson, said: “This is a great project involving people of all ages, and members were impressed with the work going on there. The beauty of the scheme is that it has so many positives. It enables us to provide training for local people, giving them valuable work experience and the confidence to access employment.

“Then there’s the food-growing side, which provides supported work for the mental health and disability groups involved whilst allowing us to promote healthy eating. Local schoolchildren come along to join in and can learn all sorts of important environmental lessons. Older people can benefit too because gardening is a good form of exercise. There are composting facilities, and the project makes use of recycled materials, which all helps to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

“This is a true community project, and I’m delighted to say that it has been a real success story.”

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