BRIDGWATER NEWS: All things bright and beautiful at Redgate Medical Centre
THE first project from a newly-formed green-fingered volunteer group will be officially opened next week at the Redgate Medical Centre in Bridgwater.
The Redgate Gardening Group will be opening a garden at the Redgate Medical Centre in Bridgwater on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 12.30pm and have invited the volunteers, staff and the patient participation group from the centre.
The surgery is also installing a water butt which will help with the watering.
The area was cleared initially and then planted with a selection of bulbs and bedding plants, donations have included herbs, willow, peonies to name a few. Sedgemoor District Council’s clean surroundings department have also helped out by laying out an area with wood chippings.
Council chairman, Cllr Mike Cresswell, said: “The council works alongside the Somerset Active Sports Partnership to get people more physically active in the community.
“This project, working with Redgate Medical Centre, has seen a piece of ground transformed into a beautiful garden.
“Thank you to all the volunteers who have put a lot of hard work into the community garden. I am sure that both visitors to the Medical Centre and staff will enjoy it for many years to come.”
Practice manager of Redgate Medical Centre, Kathy Bartley, said: “The transformation of the area just outside the medical centre has been amazing and is a credit to everyone who has worked so hard to turn it into such a beautiful garden in just six months.
“We have received very positive feedback from patients and visitors to the Medical Centre during this time.
“The project has helped members of the gardening group to not only become more physically active but has also helped some to regain confidence and motivation and to develop new social networks.”
The group meet at the medical centre every Tuesday between 12.15pm and 1.15pm and would like to hear from anyone interested in volunteering or who would like to share skills or plant donations, particularly perennials to enhance the garden. No gardening experience is necessary.
To get involved please leave your contact details at the medical centre which is based off Westonzoyland Road.
PHOTO – ABOVE: How the site looked in May 2017.
PHOTO – ABOVE: Volunteers get started in late 2016.