15 May 2020
Caldmore Community Garden is a volunteer-run space which was set up in 2011 on a piece of derelict land in Caldmore, Walsall. Their aim is to regenerate the local neighbourhood using creativity, raising awareness of the environment and bringing diverse communities together.
The group have long been renowned for their community events, children’s holidays play scheme and gardening education, but the pandemic has presented many challenges for these projects. They have had to close the Caldmore Community House and keep the Garden open only for volunteers to make sure everyone is kept safe with social distancing.
But the Caldmore Community Garden team are still keen to keep in touch with the local community and to help others during lockdown. They have launched a new project to share their passion for gardening, nature, creativity and play.
They have created a range of free activity packs for local children and families. The packs cover a variety of activities, including gardening, crafts, knitting and crochet, and all include a selection of craft materials kids will need to get creative at home.
Volunteers prepare each pack and deliver them to people’s doorsteps. So far, Caldmore Community Garden have had almost 200 pack requests for around 600 children across Walsall. With backing from the Heart of England Community Foundation, the team hope to expand the project and will continue to make packs until children are able to return to school.
On top of this, the Caldmore Community Garden volunteers have also been doing some crafting of their own, making laundry bags for the health service. More than a 1000 of them have now been delivered to Walsall Manor Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Dorothy Pattisons, Ambulance Service and others.
The Caldmore Community Garden team have found new ways to share their ethos and reach out to the community. To find out more and to download some creative activity resources, visit their Facebook page.