(Address: Ravens Park, Cuckoo Farm Way, Colchester, CO4 5YX)
and the Members of The Rotary Club of Colchester Forum
Next Chapter (the Women’s Refuge in Colchester) asked Forum to create an outdoor space of which to be proud. Teams of Forum members showed up in force over a three-day period to cut grass, weed beds, plant flowers, shrubs and containers, hoist a hammock and sail shade, install solar powered lights and garden furniture and turn a sad looking space into an area the women will be able to enjoy and use throughout the year.
The Rotary team, under the leadership of Vice President Jon Neill, also installed high grade outdoor gym equipment to help the residents keep fit together with an all-weather shelter for them to sit with a cup of coffee and relax in a calm area.
The money to build and create this amazing garden came from club funds, a district grant and another Colchester Rotary club in all in excess of £7000. Support also came from the local garden centre “The Barn” who generously supplied the flowers valued at over £500. Colchester Skip hire provided a free skip.
Lorna Preece, the Refuge Services Manager said “You don’t realise just how important this is to us. You have given us a relaxing, calming space which all the women can use and with the fitness equipment, promote their wellbeing and health. It’s been three years to get this far and all of a sudden, with Forum’s work, we’re here at this point. It’s so wonderful”
Organiser Jon Neill said “we had so much fun creating the garden.” This is just another example of what Rotary does for communities.
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