Last Tuesday, Dost, alongside Newham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), launched a new environmental project. This spring, we will be creating a garden at Newham Child and Family Consultation Service (CFCS) on Barking Road.
The positive effect that green spaces can have on mental health have been well documented and we’re excited to be part of the team creating this valuable community garden, which will benefit the children/ young people and their families, as well as all those who work at CFCS.
The project, which we will begin work on in the next month, has been made possible thanks to funding from Groundwork’s Transform/Edible East project.
‘Transform,’ a core part of the London 2012 Changing Places Inspire Programme, is an initiative that supports host boroughs to secure lasting social and environmental benefits as a legacy of the Games. Edible East helps community groups in East London who wish to transform derelict land into a green space or community garden with an emphasis on environmental responsibility, which is exactly what we’re doing.
A team of young people from Dost have already taken part in a design workshop for the garden, about what they would like to include. The aim is to create a calm space with seating areas, sensory herbs and plants and elements of wildlife gardening/recycling. The team agreed on the main themes:
- A living-willow fence/archway at the very end of the garden to cover the metal fence that backs on to the social club
- Accessible paths extending from the patio area to the back of the garden
- Raised beds for herbs and fruit trees
- A compost bin and rainwater-harvesting butt
- Two or three seating areas spaced throughout the garden for meetings, sessions, waiting and taking a break
- Paintings/graffiti pictures on removable boards to brighten up the big bare walls.
The graffiti project will be funded by London Youth’s Athan 31 project as part of the community involvement scheme.
We’ll be getting started during the February half term, and aim to complete the work during the Easter break. Everyone is really looking forward to getting involved and giving something back to the community.
We will keep you updated on our progress so look out for an update here after the February half term!
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