We have been short listed in the Big Lottery Fund’s People Project 2016. The Big Lottery Fund have set aside £3 million of National Lottery funding and we have a chance of winning £50,000 for a garden transformation.
Our Gardening Sessions are becoming increasingly popular within our curriculum and we are seeing the potential for huge mental and physical health improvements from our learners. However, our garden at the moment is unable to allow access to many areas for some of our more physically disabled learners, we are also unable to plant and grow many flowers or vegetables due to lack of space both in the beds and green house. These early stages are important not only for plants sustainability but our learner’s development.
Our New and Improved Garden Will Include:
Larger poly tunnel with wheel chair access
Larger Greenhouse with heated planters to ensure we can garden all year round
Pathways around the whole garden, connecting the building outside as well as around the pond
New larger and deeper pond
Different levels of raised beds allowing anyone with any disability to have access to the plants
Outdoor classroom with awning and wooden seating
Range of plants, vegetables, flowers and bird houses around the garden
The aim of our project is to improve people’s physical health, social skills and independence, and give them a sense of pride and satisfaction in their work. We want the garden area to be as interactive and inclusive to reflect the work going on inside at MK Snap.
New raised beds will allow anyone to plant, weed and maintain the plots to a high standard.
A larger green house and new poly tunnel will ensure we can cater for a range of different plants. This will allow us to develop our vegetable patches, flower arrangements and will allow our gardening team to support the cookery groups, enabling MK Snap to become more sustainable in itself.
Pathways connecting all areas in the garden will allow access that has previously been difficult or inaccessible for many learners. This means that our gardening groups do not need to walk through the building each time they need to deliver items to the kitchen, look at the pond or wildlife. It will provide access through a sensory gateway allowing a real sense of calm and tranquil areas to support some of our learners.
A new pond with level pathways around the outside will allow people to walk around and look for wildlife as well as providing an area to sit and relax.
A classroom area outside will ensure that our gardening sessions do not need to work inside, the area will be covered with an awning allowing access all year round and a chance for our learners to look and listen for wildlife.
Bug hotels, bird houses, feeders as well as a range of colourful and sensory plants will surround the whole garden. Providing an interactive and safe area for our learners and the community to enjoy.
By creating a community garden with inclusive access our learners can benefit from outdoor activities, learning environments as well as a real sense of achievement and pride in their work. By seeing the garden, plants and animals in it develop we know our learners will be able to create a thriving garden of plants, vegetables and learning that will sustain not only the gardening session but impact on a range of sessions such as cookery and social enterprise and MK Snap itself.