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‘Blooming Marvellous’ gardening at Certitude

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Certitude have created a new community gardening programme called Blooming Marvellous thanks to a £5,000 cash boost from The Heathrow Community Trust.

Centred around a community allotment plot based in the borough of Hounslow in London, this one-year programme will support people with learning disabilities and autistic people to garden alongside members of the local community, growing their own produce and developing a sensory herb garden. Throughout the year there will also be lots of opportunities for participants to come together and enjoy community picnics, using ingredients from their crop.

Fundraising and Corporate Partnerships manager Seema Sharma thanked the Heathrow Community Trust for supporting the programme, saying;

“Blooming Marvellous is an excellent example of community cohesion and is exactly what we are about here at Certitude! It’s another opportunity for the people we support to make new friends whilst enjoying gardening, and growing delicious fruit, vegetables, and herbs.”

The organisation was awarded the donation under Heathrow Community Communities Together grants programme. Project Lead, Anita Sangha, commented on the community benefits of the project, saying,

“As well as giving people the opportunity to explore the nutritional benefits of growing their own fruit and veg, the opportunity to garden throughout the year has benefits for people’s wellbeing, both mentally and physically. But most importantly, it’s about being part of our community and having a good time”

Heathrow Community Trust is an independent grant-making charity set up by Heathrow Airport’s owners to support and strengthen local communities close to the airport. In the past three years it has donated more than £1.2 million through its grant programmes, funding projects which support young people, help protect the environment or support active local communities. Funds come from an annual donation from the airport, fines imposed on aircraft that breach noise limits, and Heathrow colleagues who raise funds for the trust.

Details on how to get involved with the project will be released later this month, but if you’d like to know more information, please email bloomingm@certitude.london.

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