Growing in The Garden – Friends of Wollescote Park

Last Saturday (13th of May 2017) the Friends of Wollescote Park held an event which took place in and around the park. Dudley Mind’s Garden volunteers and our Horticulture Project Manager Jill Hogan was there, pictured below with the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Mohammed Hanif. 

Jill runs an Horticulture Project out of Wollescote Park every Monday and Wednesday morning. The Horticulture Project is an ongoing project made up of a number of wonderful, dedicated volunteers who see it as a way of improving their mental health and wellbeing. The volunteers take part in various gardening and maintenance projects at Wollescote park, which range anywhere from planting seeds to putting up fencing and upgrading timber.

At the event, the project held a make-shift plant shop in and around the greenhouse area where people could come along and buy the plants grown by the volunteers who take part in the horticulture project. 

One of the greenhouses that had recently been refurbished had been converted into a cafe where people could come along and sit down with a cup of tea or coffee. However, due to the weather turning to rain, the band that had come to perform at the event took refuge inside and populated most of the seating area.  

No one minded, of course! The band, who go by the name of the Midlands Fretted Orchestra, were more than welcome. Many people at the event came to watch them perform as they browsed the plants for sale, drank their drinks and ate their food.

As well as members of the public, the Mayor of Dudley also visited the event. He spent quite a bit of time visiting the various stalls and talking to the people running them.

He seemed to enjoy visiting the Wollescote great bake off the most, where he chose the winning cake! The winning cake just so happened to belong to Gus, one of our volunteers.

The event was a massive success for all involved, there was food, music, laughter yoga and fun had by all. The team managed to sell most of the plants they had grown, raising a total of £529!!!

Thank you to all that attended the event, bought a plant and helped out with the running of it.

Most of all, a massive thank you to Jill and all of the dedicated horticulture volunteers that help make Wollescote Park Walled Gardens the wonderful place that it is and for all the hard work you put into it.     

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By Simon Bennett – 15th May 2017.