Mears: Gardening project brings countryside to city of Sheffield

Volunteers from the Peak District National Trust and the Mears Group have come together to create an urban garden for vulnerable people to enjoy.

Volunteers from the Peak District National Trust and the Mears Group have come together to create an urban garden for vulnerable people to enjoy.

The group joined forces for three weeks as part of the National Trust’s Urban Places project to create a calming space for asylum seekers living in temporary accommodation in the city. Residents were also encouraged to participate and appreciated the opportunity to help shape their outdoor space.

The Mears maintenance team volunteered their time alongside National Trust staff to help plan, weed and tidy the area before planting a selection of plants and flowers which were donated by charity, Phoenix Futures . Staff also donated compost, clay poles, tools and bird feeders.

The National Trust was also able to repair and recycle an old wooden table and chairs to add the finishing touches. They also plan to host a tea party in the garden to celebrate their efforts.

Deborah Webster, National Trust volunteer and community leader, explained;

“This project has given us a unique opportunity to get out of the Peak District and bring a bit of the countryside with us. Nature is a source of comfort for so many people, so it’s wonderful to make it more easily accessible to people. people who might otherwise struggle to get in. We’ve chosen plants that will attract bees and butterflies, so wildlife will also benefit.

Jade Raybould, Mears South Yorkshire and Humberside Partnership Manager, added:

“We had a wonderful response from all the volunteers when they heard about the project, and everyone really stepped up to create something special that provides much needed peaceful and calming space for vulnerable residents. Our grateful thanks to the National Trust and Phoenix Futures for all their time, help and support.”

Terri S. Tomasini