Muddy Boots Gardening Group expands community garden at Quarr Abbey

Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight has celebrated the extension of its community garden, supplying the local café and farm shop with even more fresh fruit and vegetables.

Muddy Boots Gardening Group

Previously an overgrown strip of land, the plot has been transformed by the Muddy Boots Gardening Group, an initiative supported by the Southern Housing Group to provide gardening activities for local residents with learning disabilities. 

Since launching in 2011, the Muddy Boots Gardening Group has transformed the overgrown area of land into a small social enterprise. Quarr Abbey donated the additional plot of land as a testament to the hard work of residents and staff who regularly maintain the gardens.

Commenting on how the initiative started, SHG community partnerships and project manager south Mark Meredith said: “I saw that there was a problem with the decline in day care services for our residents so started a project to find alternatives. I had heard that Quarr Abbey were looking for community organisations to approach them with ideas and that’s where it all began.”

To ensure that residents could safely travel around the new garden, SHG approached DW Support Services, a contractor for the housing group, who offered £6,000 for new paths.

“Muddy Boots is a fantastic example of a community coming together and we are delighted to be able to support this project,” said DW Support Services associate director Andrew Broadbent. “It was a pleasure to work and support SHG and the Abbey.”

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