Through the deployment of teams of locally sourced volunteers, lead by our Horticultural expert Mark Ropkins, gardens are fully or partially reclaimed, in order to improve local resident’s health and wellbeing and to reduce the risk of trips and falls
When we developed the proposal for Green Matters and took it to potential funders and partners, we thought our first year target of completing 80 gardens was ambitious but achievable. Less than five months into the project and we have already received 55 referrals from across the district, with more coming in to the office each day.
If you know a person whose garden is a cause for worry, or they feel unsafe stepping out of the back door due to overgrown paths and trip hazards, please get in touch. You can make a referral through Uttlesford Frontline or if you would like to discuss an application for support you can call Richard or Jacqui at the CVS Uttlesford office on 01371 878400.
Some examples of people we have already helped:
Our team will visit gardens and help to restore some control over them, but we need the help and support of neighbours and neighbourhoods to keep on top of the gardens in the areas we are working. If you are able to volunteer and hour or two a week to help a neighbour or person in need stay on top of their garden then please get in touch.
If you have been referred and are awaiting an initial visit, we will get to you as soon as we can. We try to visit a number of properties in the same area on the same day, so may take a week or two getting to you. We will however be in touch to confirm an appointment for the first visit and advise you of when we expect to start your garden. Lead time is currently around six weeks.
If you would like to discuss your upcoming visit or need to change the appointment please call Richard or Jacqui on 01371 878400. We’ll be pleased to help.