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We have recently leased a large Horticultural centre where we will be holding various activities and events. There are various gardening groups available to join and new courses are being planned for the future.
The project offers a friendly supportive atmosphere encouraging social inclusion and continued learning. The benefits of the group are as diverse as the attendees. These include an increase in self confidence, the provision of a supportive social framework and stability of a routine. Growing plants can serve as a protective factor when times are difficult (the feeling that plants rely on somebody for survival). In addition, group members can learn new transferable skills, which can continue to qualifications as recovery progresses. The group is also a fantastic way to keep active.
Activities include weeding, sewing seeds, cropping fruit and vegetables, learning about crop rotation and plant care.
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For more information please contact Joe or Reception on: (01493) 842129
Community Roots map - click on the "view larger map" at the bottom left hand corner of the map (under the google sign) to increase the size.
Wild Haven is a four year Green Light Trust project funded by Big Lottery Fund. The project is for everybody in Great Yarmouth, and particularly Southtown. It aims to have a positive impact on the wellbeing of all those who get involved in the project.
Much of the work is based at Community Roots, Queen Anne’s Road in Great Yarmouth, and on the neighbouring allotment plot. This work is carried out in partnership with Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind, a mental health charity. A key focus of the project is the development of a community garden, community allotments and orchard. Other activities take place elsewhere, in partnership with the domestic abuse charity Leeway.
People can be involved in this project in a number of ways; there are 8 week blocks of sessions where participants can take part in green woodworking sessions, learn about nature conservation and horticulture. They can attend day workshops to learn a new skill, as well as joining in on day sessions where they can work on the project in a less structured way. There are also occasional community celebration events, where everyone is invited to come along and see how things are progressing.
Later in the project, members of the community will be able to take on management of their own small allotment plot, where they will be able to borrow tools and share vegetable seeds. Another aspect of the project is to manage wild areas, for example our pond, to encourage wildlife to thrive, so that people can experience wild havens for nature.
At the end of the project we aim to help establish a participant led, successful social enterprise that will empower those involved with the means to continue using the skills they have acquired from the project and reach out to the community in a sustainable way.
More information can be found at project wildhavens website: