The Group's Quarr Abbey gardening project on the Isle of Wight recently hosted some curious young visitors from a local preschool.
Quarr Abbey is a self-supporting, community-led scheme that benefits local residents with learning difficulties and other support needs. It was set up in the grounds of the Abbey in 2011 by the Group’s CASI Team and is run in partnership with the Abbey and the Isle of Wight council.
On 12 July, the garden hosted some young visitors from the nearby Binstead Stepping Stones preschool, who took a particular interest in the garden during their visit to the Abbey.
Pete Cambray, Southern Housing Group’s care and support gardener for Quarr Abbey, showed the kids round the allotment and introduced them to the resident chickens and scarecrows.
It was an educational as well as fun visit, with the kids having a go at guessing what produce was growing and pulling up their own carrots, which they washed and chopped themselves. The bravest of the children also had a go at feeding the chickens and collecting the eggs.
Senior Activity Co-Worker Becky Lavers, who supports customers working with the Quarr Abbey garden, said: “All the children and parents really enjoyed their time with us. One of the parents thought we’d done a wonderful job in teaching the children how things grow, and that it would be great to have a visit every season to see how the allotment changes. The children are also going to do some drawings of their day, which we’ll display in our shed.”
For more about this Quarr Abbey gardening project, please contact
Mary Weeks Communications Manager Southern Housing Group 0207 553 6841