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Janner House gardeners scoop £1,200

Janner House gardeners scoop £1,200

Gardeners Paradise awardAmateur gardeners from one of our schemes in Cardiff have been given £1,200 funding by the National Garden Scheme (NGS) Elspeth Thompson Bursary Fund. The national award scheme has helped clients at Janner House develop a community garden project.

The 'Gardeners Paradise' is a voluntary group established and run by Janner House clients who receive support from Cardiff Council and Roath Residents Action Group. The project means they can regenerate and enjoy their communal garden at the project whilst developing their skills and knowledge of both gardening and wider environmental issues. They are also learning business administration skills such as managing accounts and minutes.

NGS Chairman, Penny Snell awarded the Gardeners Paradise group with a plaque to recoginse the achievements of the group who have further developed their community involvement with Roath Residents Action Group by helping them develop Shelly Gardens and organising a regular litter pick.

The Gardeners Paradise team have attended conferences, learnt how to build bird boxes and make wicker statues, visited a number of other community gardens and joined the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens where they are able to share knowledge and experience.

At Janner House they have built two raised beds for vegetables and have planted flowers and shrubs all around the garden to give more colour. The garden is a work in progress and is still being developed so the NGS award will support them with thier ongoing work.

The NGS offer the bursary in memory of Elspeth Thompson who died in 2010. Elspeth was an NGS supporter and wrote an urban gardener column in the Sunday Telegraph. The award is intended to support individuals or community projects that see and create beauty in unlikely places.