The Manchester Mind Therapy Garden is Now Open

After a hard 6 months of planning and building, the Manchester Mind therapy garden is now finally open! Based at the charity’s allotment in Chorlton, the therapy garden is now a peaceful, relaxing space for the charity volunteers and staff to enjoy.

After partnering together on this project at the start of 2021, the charity volunteers and members of the J. Parker’s team have worked tirelessly over the past few months bringing this garden to life. As the charity work hard producing kilos of fruit and vegetables at their allotment, this new relaxation space is now the perfect spot for workers and visitors to relax, and the new enclosed area will be used for 1/1 support sessions.

The enclosed area

The enclosed area features a large wooden gazebo which shelters two large wooden benches. This area is now a isolated area, separated from the open garden by a wall of bamboo, to help provide more space for 1/1 therapy support sessions.

Walkway to the enclosed area

The open garden

The open garden now features two wooden arbours, a garden arch, trough planters and a solar fountain. This space is now the perfect spot for volunteers and staff to socialise and relax after a hard day at the allotment.

Solar fountain and arbour in the open garden area

J. Parker’s will be continuing their relationship with Manchester Mind, so keep your eye out for new projects coming soon!

For more information about Manchester Mind and their services, please visit their website here.

Building a Sensory Garden: Manchester Mind/ J. Parkers

We are happy to announce that J. Parkers have teamed up with the local mental health charity – Manchester Mind, to fund and construct their new sensory garden.

Throughout the course of the pandemic, our customers have shared so many stories about how gardening has benefited their mental health. With mental health close to the heart of our business, we decided to collaborate with a local charity that helps support better mental health. Manchester-based mental health charity Manchester Mind, provide support and training services for those struggling with mental health, including isolation, loneliness and food poverty. After discovering the amazing mental health work MM do, we had to reach out and offer our support.

At their Chorlton-based allotment, Manchester Mind staff and volunteers have been supporting the charity’s emergency food response, which produces meals for families experiencing food poverty in Manchester. At the allotment they are growing and harvesting food, that is then prepared by the catering team and used in the emergency response meals.

One thing sorely missing from the allotment, is a space to relax. After speaking with the Manchester Mind team, they revealed their goal to build a sensory garden. The aim of the garden would be to provide space for volunteers and staff to use for reflection and for one-to-one mental health support sessions. Therefore, to help achieve this goal, J. Parkers are now proudly partnering with Manchester Mind on the funding and construction of their sensory garden.

The Starting Point

A disused area at the back of the allotment will be the setting for the brand-new sensory garden. MM envision a calming space separate from the main plot. For the build, groundwork and planting days have been set out for J. Parker’s staff and Manchester Mind volunteers throughout spring to transform the space.

The Vision

The plan is to transform the desolate, unloved space in their allotment into a beautiful garden thriving with life. A large garden area will host seating areas, a solar fountain and a variety of scented plants. Additionally, a sheltered seating area is to be created as a private space for 1/1 support sessions. The grand opening date for the garden is June 21st 2021, which will celebrate the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Manchester Mind: Sensory Garden Garden (3D design)

One of the core values of Manchester Mind is that everyone deserves to be supported in their mental health needs. This new sensory garden will help provide a safe, relaxing space, all while helping make a difference for those in need mental health support in Manchester.

We will be providing updates on this project every few weeks, so stay tuned!

To get support or find out more information on Manchester Mind, click here to visit their website.

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Community News: WARA improving green spaces in Kingston-upon-Thames

WARA (Wolverton Avenue Residents Association) is a local community group in Kingston-upon-Thames. The aim of this group is to keep their local area neat, tidy and colourful, while getting residents and local kids to join in and help.

Recently Kingston council encouraged WARA to adopt the seven large planters in the busy avenue. Although no funding was available WARA have managed to construct and refurbish the planters but bulbs were needed to give early colourful impact. So, after getting in contact with the group, we were thrilled to get involved and provide a donation.

To continue to highlight the importance of maintaining green spaces around the UK, J. Parker’s sent WARA 1000 Daffodils and 500 Tulips to plant in their local community green spaces.

The group were kind enough to share some of the photos of their planting days with us. We love seeing local groups taking nature into their own hands in local spaces.