Please visit the Current Activity page to see how you can join in with our COVID friendly reminiscence project, "Cultivating Memories".

Borage and Brews                             

This was the first project that we started in 2019, and was funded by the National Lottery and the Central Lancashire Operational Group. It involved taking a range of nature based activities into 

  • Dementia Cafes
  • Dementia Activity and Social Groups, including Young Onset groups
  • Care Homes
  • Day Centres

It was a 12 month project that had us planting up strawberries, tomatoes, herbs, summer bedding, bee friendly plants and copious amounts of spring bulbs.  We also made Christmas flower arrangements and decorated our own bird feeders using recycled plastic bottles.  At the end of each session, everyone had their photo taken with what they had created and it was printed for them there and then to take home and act as both a memory prompt and as a way to share their day with their friends and family.  This has proven to be so popular and will be part of all our projects going forward.

The feedback from this project was gathered after each session by asking folk to write no more than a sentence on a cardboard leaf and stick it to our cardboard tree.  This proved to be such an effective way to gather people's thoughts without putting too much pressure on them. 

Although the funding for this project ended in December 2019, we are already planning to reintroduce the workshops once the current lock down restrictions are lifted.

Growing in Gannow  

This is a project that we started in autumn 2019, and is funded by Gannow Big Local.  We have been working with a group of residents who are keen to get a community garden up and running in their neighbourhood.  We have been running a few workshops on bulb planting and seasonal container planting, as well as how to make up Christmas decorations using natural materials.  The second half of the project will take place as soon as restrictions allow, and will result in a fantastic outdoor space for local people to meet up and enjoy some time together growing food and flowers for their neighbours to enjoy. 

The Palace Cinema

We self funded our way through a few workshops at the wonderful Palace Cinema in Longridge.

Longridge is our home town, and we are committed to embedding ourselves as part of the fabric of our local community.  We ran some workshops over the summer of 2019 and took part in 2 community events at the cinema.  This was to help us start to gather the thoughts of local people as to what they wanted to see happen in the garden at The Palace.  

Much progress was made, and we can't wait to get stuck in again as soon as it is safe to do so.  We have received some funding to launch this local project from the local Crime Commissioners Community Action Fund, which will invite the whole town to get involved in planting up bee friendly plants so we are ready to go.

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