Last year we were able to create a restful and healing space that is now called the Mendip wildlife garden. We managed to transform this disused and abandoned space where there was fly tipping and human excretion from homeless people sleeping overnight into a beautiful wildlife Paradise. This year we endeavour to maintain this space with the collaboration of South Essex Homes who are the local landlords for the council tenants in the area surrounding the wildlife garden.
The garden is home to some rare varieties of plants and trees and some newts and this garden requires constant maintenance. We would like to plant some new trees in this area. We would also like to contract a local gardener to maintain the space for 2 hours each week in conjunction with local residents and other volunteers to keep this space usable and beautiful.
We would like to hold events in the garden for local residents and other vulnerable members of the society including barbecues and workshops.
What we'll deliver:
- Plant new trees
- Hold a local event such as a barbecue
- Maintain the garden to keep it clear from rubbish and beautiful
Why it's a great idea:
This project increases the wellbeing of all the local residents which has been accounted to approximately 5000 people. The area can also be used by other local organisations such as project 49 that work with vulnerable adults and it has been statistically proven that working in nature can improve the mental stability of all ages.
The wildlife Garden also encourages local residents, many of whom are elderly or infirm to get out of their houses and get some exercise in nature.
Buy planting new trees in this area we are helping to improve the air quality of this piece of Southend that is within several hundred yards of the A127 and has a high population of young people and young parents.
Through community action such as the local event we are planning for the garden we are encouraging the communication and relationships between the local residents that has been causing many issues in the past,.
Finally this will create a job opportunity for local gardeners and for volunteers.
Steps to get it done:
- We hold an event every year for local residents in and around 1 of the wildlife Gardens
- We hold workshops weekly. We will provide 50 local residents with certificate in permaculture
- We will provide 20 qualifications in the art awards for young people aged 11 to 18
We have proved that we are able to carry out this project through the success of last year. We have encouraged local members of the community to get out of their homes and get into the garden to take pictures or just to enjoy the ambience. Last year we had an event at the garden and it proved very successful with over 1000 residents coming along to join in and meet each other and local business entrepreneurs who have put up stalls in the garden.
We are organised and within our organization we have many people of varying skills and diversity including education, gardening and community liaison. We have created good relationships with South Essex Homes, project 49 and epic quest alternative education and Belfairs secondary school..