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Pinner gardening group receives ‘Love Where you Live’ award

The Peace Garden Volunteers from Pinner were presented the award by Squire’s Garden Centres as part of its ‘Love Where you Live’ 2024 programme, supporting the work of projects within communities close to its centres.

The programme assists community gardening projects that educate, grow produce or provide health and wellbeing benefits through horticulture.

Christine Cox of The Peace Garden volunteers at Pinner Memorial Park said: “We were thrilled to receive an award in Squire’s Love Where You Live programme, which has come at the perfect time for us.

“We have spent the last two years clearing the overgrowth in the Pinner Peace Garden and with this prize, we can now start replanting using drought-resistant plants to cope with climate change and to encourage more wildlife into the Garden.

“This award will really help us bring the Peace Garden back to its former glory and make it an even more special place for our many visitors to enjoy”

Awards (totaling £5,500) will not only give valuable financial support but also practical advice from Squire’s horticulturalists to assist them in making a major step forward within the locality they serve.

Over 80 applications were received within a 6-week period and Nine groups have now been presented with their award, comprising Squire’s vouchers so they can choose plants, tools and other gardening supplies. Initial meetings have also taken place with local Squire’s team members who will support projects with their expert advice.

Sarah Squire, Chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres, comments: “We have been overwhelmed by the number of applications we received for our new ‘Love Where you Live’ programme, supporting the communities close to our centres. Equally, it’s fantastic to see that there are so many keen supporters and groups with a really strong desire to enhance their local environment through the wonderful benefits horticulture delivers.”

As the spring gardening season gets underway, award winners will be making their proposed plans a reality, armed with additional funds and their teams of willing gardeners. Projects will culminate at the end of July, when award recipients will report back on their achievements.

Love Where you Live Award Recipients:

• The Therapy Garden, Normandy – supported by Squire’s Badshot Lea
• Badshot Lea Community Garden – supported by Squire’s Badshot Lea
• Farncombe Community Garden – supported by Squire’s Milford
• Surrey Care Trust – supported by Squire’s Reigate
• The Peace Garden Volunteers, Pinner – supported by Squire’s Stanmore
• Teddington Library Community Garden – supported by Squire’s Twickenham
• Merrow Community Garden – supported by Squire’s West Horsley
• Horsell Residents’ Association – supported by Squire’s Woking
• Wokingham in Need (Wokingham Community Hospital) – supported by Squire’s Wokingham

Squire’s ‘Love Where You Live’ 2025 programme will open for applications in late 2024.

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