Green-fingered group helping to create a new woodland for National Gardening Week

Member of the Growth Team at the base of a young tree tying it up to the wooden support

A green-fingered group of Surrey Choices customers have been busy helping to create a new woodland at an 18-acre estate of outstanding natural beauty as National Gardening Week approaches.

Budding gardeners from Surrey Choices’ Growth Team have been out in force with spades and forks at The Garden House to help nurture an astonishing 1500 trees and shrubs, a large pond, orchard, hedgerow, and will be starting work on a new wildlife friendly garden perfect for creepy crawlies wanting to move permanently into the Godalming based garden.

The social enterprise project at The Garden House is now in its fourth year of development and aims to create a sustainable environment where wildlife can thrive and members of the community can come together and appreciate the beauty of nature.

Robbie, a customer who regularly attends the gardening sessions, said: “It’s a great feeling to create a new landscape that could be around for centuries. The whole team has watched the farm transform throughout the season and we can’t wait for summer to arrive.

“It’s been a fantastic opportunity to work with new people and take part in activities that you wouldn’t get the chance to do everyday.”

Another Surrey Choices customer, Jack, added: “I knew nothing about gardening before joining the project, but I’ve really enjoyed planting seeds and watching the young trees grow over the months.

“I never knew how much time you had to dedicate to managing land and making sure a brand new garden looks completely natural but the effort is completely worth it.”

The team from Surrey Choices have enjoyed and benefitted from working on projects at The Garden House with Andy Holdaway, the Estate Manager.

The Garden House has been developed with the vision of creating a model environment through sustainable use of land and buildings.  The key aims of the project are to support wildlife, create sustainable food resources, support the shift to low carbon buildings and renewable energy, as well as providing a hub for the local community to learn new skills and make a positive change to the area.

Click here to find out more about The Garden House: thegardenhousesurrey.org

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