DW Support Services help create new community garden at Quarr Abbey

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DW Support Services have supported the creation of a new community garden within the grounds of the historic Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight.

The garden forms part of an initiative called Muddy Boots, which since its launch in 2011 has transformed overgrown areas of the Abbey for Southern Housing Group residents.

Mark Meredith, Southern Housing Group Community Partnerships and Projects Manager South said: “Muddy Boots began in response to cuts which affected Learning Disability Day Services. I was tasked with finding a project for our residents to get involved in as an alternative to day care services. I had heard that Quarr Abbey was looking for community organisations to approach them with ideas and that’s where it all began.”

The residents who use the garden, in particular those requiring full-time care with restricted mobility, need to be able to safely get around the garden space so DW Support Services worked with landscaping firm Groundsells to pay for new paths as part of a £6000 social value commitment to Southern Housing Group.

Andrew Broadbent, from DW Support Services said: “Muddy Boots is a fantastic example of a community coming together and we are delighted to be able to support this project. It was a pleasure to work and support Southern Housing Group and the Abbey.”

Residents grow a mix of produce used for a variety of purpose, including being made into jams and chutneys as well as being consumed in the Abbey and Tea Shop kitchens.

The garden was formally opened last week with a special blessing ceremony with Father Xavier.

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