Wednesday 21st October 2015

(c) David Plummer

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and Severn Vale Housing are proud to be opening the doors for the first time to their Garden Mentors Training Garden in Tewkesbury, on 27th October 10am – 3pm.

The Garden Mentors project is an innovative project between Gloucestershire’s leading conservation charity and Severn Vale Housing and aims to marry up volunteers with people who are unable to tend to their garden.

“The Garden Mentors programme is hugely successful - it offers support to elderly, ill or disabled Severn Vale Housing Society residents who are struggling to look after their garden. Local volunteers give their time to help look after the gardens, in return for learning more about gardening with wildlife in mind.” said Jo Worthy-Jones, Community Wildlife Officer for Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

“It’s so important for projects like this to be valued not only for their social and wellbeing benefits but also the fact that we can make the gardens wildlife friendly too for species such as birds, bees and hedgehogs. We applaud Severn Vale Housing for being forward thinking and thanks to local volunteers we have worked on over 20 gardens in the last two and a half years.”

This project has transformed the lives of many of our residents

The new Garden Mentors Training Garden is situated in the grounds of Severn Vale Housing at 103 Queens Road, Priors Park, Tewkesbury and is open to anyone who would like to learn how to garden with wildlife in mind, giving them skills that they can then either utilise at home or pass on to other people.

“This project has transformed the lives of many of our residents suffering loneliness, embarrassment, anxiety and depression; not only because their garden becomes lovely and easier to manage, neighbours are complaining less and their tenancy is more secure, but because in their Garden Mentor, they have found a new friend.” said Kate Calladene, Community Manager, SVHS

The free event is taking place in half term and includes the following activities;

  • Garden Tool Amnesty - Bring any old garden tools to the Training Garden and receive a ‘cup of bulbs’ as a thank you
  • Planting Ideas for 2016 - Showcasing pollinator friendly planting ideas for every season, including using wacky containers
  • How to help wildlife - Lots of ideas on how to help wildlife in your garden, including birds, insects, bees and mammals
  • Children’s activities - Help hedgehogs, make a bird feeder, make a paper pot and plant a bulb to take home, nature quiz

To find out more, please contact: Severn Vale Housing Community Team: 01684 272726 or
Jo Worthy-Jones,