Residents Get Hands Dirty in the Name of Green Spaces

Residents from Berryfields, Sutton Coldfield have been getting stuck into an exciting hands-on event designed to encourage the use of green space in the community.    

Organised and funded by leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group and Groundwork West Midlands, residents from the estate came together for a day of gardening, tai chi, crafts and messy play for children.   

The event was held to launch a new programme designed to encourage people to make use of green space in the community. Entitled ‘Active Berryfields’, and jointly funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities, this two year project will bring together people of all ages from the community at regular events.   

“Berryfields has a high proportion of Sanctuary households and it was good to see some of them coming together at what was a fun event. We’d really like ‘Active Berryfields’ to have a positive influence on the community and our hope is that it will bridge the generational gap between the more mature residents and the youth of the estate.”   

Natalie StJean, housing officer for Sanctuary

Active Berryfields’ is part of Sanctuary’s wider Growing Communities programme, aiming to create and develop communal green spaces for the benefit of residents. Turning unused communal areas into green havens, the scheme creates places where residents can socialise and grow their own plants.

“The launch event of this new project in Berryfields was a great opportunity to meet some of the local community. Our aim is to provide a regular programme of activities as well as larger one off events, ensuring the local residents have an input into the activities so that a low cost programme of activities can be run to increase the use of local green space.”     

Lucy Kenny, Active Neighbourhood’s co-ordinator at Groundwork West Midlands

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