Every little helps: Tesco grant will help garden grow

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 February 2016

A therapeutic garden is one of three environmental projects in the borough set to benefit from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.

Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault, is an organic space providing ecotherapy to those with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

The group hopes money from the programme will let it help more people.

The supermarket chain has teamed up with the Recorder to donate proceeds from plastic bag sales to three projects in Redbridge.

Now it’s up to readers to decide who gets the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 grants on offer.

Anna Konarska, the garden’s project co-ordinator, said the Bags of Help grant would improve the farm’s services to the community.

She said: “We’re very pleased that we have been awarded one of the grants because we need to invest in infrastructure.

“The recent high winds have damaged the gardens, and we need more furniture so that people can actually sit down.”

Anna believes regardless of which grant the garden receives, the money will help increase the quality of its therapy sessions.

“As a therapeutic garden it’s very important that the space looks beautiful, so we’ll be investing some of the money in new plants,” she said.

The site’s new horticultural gardener will not necessarily have his work cut out though, as the garden’s flora will be as low maintenance as possible.

“With this money we will be able to keep this therapeutic space beautiful with the minimal amount of effort,” said Anna.

“It’s amazing because we’ll be able to create something unique and beautiful with the money donated from Tesco’s plastic bags.”

The other two grants will go to Roding Valley Park and Friends of Churchfields Park.

Voting on who will get the top £12,000 prize opens in Tesco stores on Saturday, February 27 and in that week’s Recorder.

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