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Keeping the Beacon pruned

Keen green fingered enthusiastic gardeners spent several weeks carrying out socially distanced gardening at the Beacon to keep it looking it’s best while it’s been closed!

We’ve been looking at ways of getting residents together in a safe and controlled way, so we thought what better way than to meet outdoors and do something practical at the same time?

Under the supervision of Tess Willmot, the keen gardeners met once a week to meet face to face and give the community garden some much needed TLC while the Beacon has had to remain closed to the public.

With the rain holding off, the volunteers met up under the rule-of-six to have some much needed interaction with other residents and take ownership of the garden – pruning, planting and tidying the area for others to enjoy.

Leigh Ferguson, communities worker for PCH said: “We’ve been trying to look at different ways for residents to be able to get together over the past two lockdowns, as some people can be left alone and isolated at the moment.

“What we wanted to do was bring people together in a safe, and controlled manner, so meeting up outdoors to do some gardening was the perfect solution. Everyone has rolled up their sleeves and pitched in, and we can be really pleased with what we’ve done here over the past few weeks.”