Greater Manchester & Cheshire

Volunteering day hailed huge success

More than 50 volunteers recently came together to help renovate Hattersley Community Garden.

The ‘Hattersley Big Garden Project’ event took place earlier this week (23 – 26 September) where representatives from Fortem, JLL, Groundwork and Onward rolled up their sleeves to gift their time to help transform the community growing space located just off Hattersley Road East.

The three day project aimed to support community groups by giving back with help ranging from mowing and strimming the grass to weeding and tidying the flower beds.

The group lent 18 hours of labour in total, which included the repainting of the garden fence and clearing of the onsite caravan, ready for its refit as a children’s seating area.

Rebecca Goodwin, Regional Community Partner at Fortem, who co-ordinated the event, said: ‘As part of our partnership with Onward we wanted to support a project which gives back and creates a positive impact on the local community. This led us to Hattersley Community Big Garden Project. Fortem believe in inspiring a legacy in the communities where we work and this aligned perfectly with what the garden wants to achieve.’

Desmond Clare, Site Manager at the Community Garden, said: ‘Thank you for organizing the volunteers day, a good day with a fantastic result. You did in a day what would have taken me a month.’

The event was held as part of Onward’s wider ‘GO Green’ scheme which aims to create environment and recreational activities for residents living in Hattersley, as part of their on-going regeneration of the estate.

Sam Powers, Community Investment Specialist, said: ‘This is such an important community project for Hattersley. It provides a safe space for members of the community to come and get involved and fantastic opportunities to learn about the environment, food sustainability and growth. It’s amazing that companies such as Fortem, JLL and Groundwork are recognising the support needed for community projects such as this and giving back with their time and resources.’

The next community event ‘Vitality Garden Community Clean Up’ will take place on 28 October. For more information contact Sam on 0161 366 3978.

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