With the support of Swale Borough Council, local volunteers and volunteers from the Harmony therapy Trust – Sheppey Matters turned lockdown into an advantage.
Opposite Sheppey HLC volunteers were granted permissions to cultivate a couple of flower beds at Beachfields in Sheerness.
Over the last few months, they have turned these into a vibrant display of gardening and self expression. Wildflowers, vegetables and grasses brought colour and wildlife to the beds.
Moving forward and working with Swale in Bloom, we aim to improve biodiversity, air quality, contribute to climate change and improve bee habitats by creating a wellbeing garden area within the Beachfields green site.
This will be sustainable green space for all the community and public to enjoy free of charge.
Beachfields well-being garden will help people get active, engage in nature, volunteer and if needed recover from the Covid pandemic by visiting the gardens for inspiration and healing.
Well being gardens have long been used in hospitals as a way of rehabilitation and helping improve the prospects of patients that undergo serious operations and treatments.
The medical evidence about the beneficial nature of being immersed in nature and gardens is extensive.
Engaging in the natural world is a great healer and this project would encourage volunteers to get involved but also will contribute to Sheerness creating a sustainable green future for its residence and its communities.
Sheppey Matters are looking to raise funds for this project to put in a project coordinator, plants and materials and support needed for volunteers to take over this site with the aims and objectives of turning the Beachfields area into a green flag green space, just like the local beach at Sheerness being a blue flag beach.
Help us make this dream come true, if you would like to get involved and volunteer or if you would like to make a donation of garden implements, tools, seeds, plants or even funding, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Beachfields well-being Gardens
If you would like to support the work we do then please donate whatever you can via the PayPal button below:
c/o Sheppey Healthy Living Centre
Off the Broadway,
Tel: 01795 585335