Hogarth Court gardening project helps residents come together
Residents at one of the Group's sheltered housing schemes, Hogarth Court in east London, have been making use of their communal garden by growing their own plants and vegetables.
Supported by a small grant from Southern Housing Group, the project was the idea of Community Partnerships Officer Bhav Tejura, who is based at the scheme.
“We wanted to get residents out of their homes and into the garden, which was underused,” Bhav says. “Residents take part in bedding, digging and planting, and the project offers a way for them to chat to their neighbours and staff in a different environment to their regular coffee mornings.”
Hogarth Court is currently undergoing major renovations designed to help residents feel more secure and comfortable, and the gardening sessions have been a useful opportunity for scheme staff to consult with them about the use of the garden as part of the development works.
So far, residents have cultivated their own herbs and vegetables, which they use in their cooking; as autumn draws in, their upcoming focus will be on planting bulbs in time for spring.