What a great Team from Vodafone, coming to help us create a Community Garden on the Shine grounds for our friends in the neighbourhood.
We saw the need for a garden in the area when a couple and their kids from across the road from shine were using an area. At that time I can only say looked like a ‘dumping ground’. It was a concreted area with a metal fence around and people thought it was not adopted and didn’t respect it. So when we saw this family bring out some plastic chairs and use the area like a garden. It was a light bulb moment! We decided to make it nice for them and the rest of the community to use.
Vodafone were so kind to volunteer and work with us to design and create the space. It’s such a great help when companies such as Vodafone give their precious time to help with projects like this. The More people work together the more we can all achieve.
So back to the garden, the area had a concrete floor which needed to be broken up and removed. This was back breaking work however we all persevered. It took a lot of time we managed to get it done. We broke up all the concrete and removed it. The soil that was underneath the concrete was extremely hard and very difficult to break up. We needed to make it so that the turf that we bought would settle properly.
We built some flowerbeds around the edge of the, soon to be, grass area. These are high beds so easy to look after. The plan is that we would ask some of the children in the street opposite if they would like to look after the flowers in the beds. Gardening is a great way for kids to take responsibility and be a little creative.
Back to the layout of the garden. We laid the turf over the newly broken up soil. Once laid the guys from Vodafone set some planks across the turf and were jumping up and down on them to settle the turf. A great way to exercise!
The other side of the garden we built a decking so that it could be used for sitting out and having picnics or just sunbathing. Well I say sunbathing but that does mean there needs to be some sun!
It’s a lovely space now and thanks to the great team we did it all in just 2 days. We now see people respecting the space as they know the effort has been put in for them. We are very proud to be able to have the chance to spare the corner of land to make such a big Social Impact on the community.
Come and visit us and our community garden.
Shine, Harehills Road, Leeds, LS8 5HS
0113 388 0000