The Footprint Trust has made the difficult decision to bring the Adopt A Garden scheme to an end.
The scheme has been in existence for over five years, and dozens of people have been matched.
However, the shortage of funding opportunities and a lack of gardeners coming forward has led to the charity making this move.
If you would like a growing space of your own but can't wait years for an allotment then Adopt-A-Garden could be for you!
The Trust explains some of the practicalities of the running of the scheme.
“Only gardens that can be accessed from the public highway, i.e. not through a house, are eligible. The gardeners must be allowed access to tend their produce every day. In some cases it might be necessary to give the gardener a key to the garden gate so this can occur. The area handed over to the gardener should be clearly defined. Issues such as cutting of the lawn or removal of any lawn area should be discussed at an initial meeting. The gardener must dispose of all rubbish created in the growing process. Composting of uncooked organic matter should be permitted, but away from the house. No bonfires should be lit. Householder must have safe access to their garden at all times and to paths, washing line, outhouses etc. Sitting of waterbutts, compost bins or any other structure should also be agreed beforehand. We would suggest that no money changes hands from either party. Mains water, if used, could be donated by the householder as a way of saying thank you for looking after their garden.”
The Footprint Trust, a local registered environmental charity, has a commitment to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. The satisfying experiences of planting, cultivating, and harvesting fruits and vegetables can create a lifelong appreciation for healthy living. The Trust believes that gardening is a means of promoting education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship and community endeavour.
Anchor Staying Put supports this project due to its commitment to helping older and disabled people to stay living in their own homes independently, safely, securely and warmly. Tash Koerner, Agency Manager, said:
“Frequently, people also request assistance from us for help with maintaining their garden to prevent themselves from tripping over stones or broken paving slabs, or so they can simply hang out the washing or appreciate the view. The Adopt-A-Garden scheme will allow people to enjoy their garden as an extension to their home more safely.”
History of the Project
It is the case that many Islanders can no longer look after their gardens due to ill health or old age. Volunteers to assist with this growing problem are hard to come by, but ironically there is an increased interest in gardening amongst younger people, many of whom have small gardens or no gardens at all. There is also a waiting list of over 250 people for Isle of Wight Council allotments. The Isle of Wight Council endorses the scheme and encourages anyone currently on the allotment waiting list to consider this innovative alternative.
In the past the Local Food Fund, Isle of Wight Charitable Trust, IW Adult & Community Learning and Anchor Staying Put have contributed to the project.
Contact details – join today!
Those interested in the Isle of Wight project should call the Trust on
(01983) 82-22-82 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively you can download the joining forms and extra information here.