Sowing the Seeds of Change - The Inspire Garden

Issued: 7th March 2019


Thanks to a grant of £16,000 worth of funding from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery through the Postcode Local Trust, Lincs Inspire Libraries are soon to see a transformation of the Library garden at Cleethorpes.

The funding will see Lincs Inspire work in partnership with Grimsby Garden Centre, Tukes and Navigo to breathe new life into the garden. One of the project’s aims is to provide Tukes members and trainees support and education, whilst benefiting from the therapeutic properties of working in the fresh air with others. The members are in receipt of training and support at Grimsby Garden Centre – a not-for-profit social enterprise run by NAViGO – North East Lincolnshire’s leading provider of mental health services.

Joanne Keen, Manager, Tukes and Grimsby Garden Centre said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to work with a likeminded organisation that has the community at the centre of what it does. We’re looking forward to involving our trainees and members in the development of the grounds, giving them the opportunity to develop their skills and be part of a project they can revisit and support in its ongoing maintenance and be proud that they contributed to something that’s benefitting the whole community.” 

The project aims to see the garden markedly improved and more regularly used by being made more accessible and becoming a place that promotes social inclusion. This will include areas of new landscaping and planting, the installation of new sensory play equipment for children and a storytelling area. People of all ages will be able to access a therapeutic space for educational, recreational, sensory and relaxation purposes.

Steve Hipkins, Head of Cultural Services, Lincs Inspire said: “Our Library Services staff are excited about the project and its long-term benefits; it means that we will have a usable space to take some of our activities outside, such as reminiscence sessions for older people and storytelling for children. There will also be opportunities to use the garden for planting and healthy eating type projects. We’re extremely grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their support.”

With thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, it is hoped that the Cleethorpes Library garden will serve as an inspiring example to others of what gardening projects can achieve and the therapeutic benefits that can be provided.

Transformation of the garden is set to be complete at some time in May. Keep posted on our website and social media channels for updates on this project.