Heart Church groups transform Emmanuel House allotment

Our beautiful St Ann’s allotment has been given a much-needed tidy up in preparation for the winter months thanks to our friends at Heart Church.

This year’s allotment sessions were suspended due to the COVID-19 restrictions. We’re grateful that Coronavirus has not been able to stop Mother Nature, but it means our plot has been looking a little wild and overgrown!

Recently a team from Heart Church generously gave their time on a Saturday to get their hands dirty at our allotment in St Ann’s.

Speaking of the team’s tireless efforts Anthony said:

“We started by strimming back the growth from the past 6 months! Paths have been re-discovered and vegetable patches have been weeded and prepared for the winter season. Despite two of our events being postponed due to bad weather, two teams worked tirelessly on the Saturday. We look forward to the future support we can give to Emmanuel House’s allotment.”

Anthony Akpovi, Creative Director at Heart Church

Before the pandemic, the allotment project was delivered by two of our support workers and two volunteers, with sessions running on two mornings a week. Our allotment gives people a sense of purpose, provides new skills and takes their mind off their problems.

These sessions were really valued and appreciated by our beneficiaries. Those who have taken part in the regular sessions have reported:

“It helps with my physical and mental health.”

“It is nice that Emmanuel House has a place like this for me to come to. The staff treat me with respect.”

“I see the allotment as therapy as it gets me out of the house.”

“I enjoy learning about new things and I am able to get out, away from bad situations.”

We hope to return to some regular allotment sessions as soon as we can and thank everyone for their hard work!