Rock Foundation benefits from National Garden Scheme Community Grant

The Rock Foundation has benefited recently from a National Garden Scheme Community Grant of £5,000 towards the development of the garden at our Heneage Road site.

The photo below shows the plaque being awarded by Lesley Wykes, Lincs County Organiser of the NGS to CEO and founder of The Rock Foundation, Pam Hodge. Also present, support worker, student and Mike Boothman from Mill Farm who has given a lot of his time to help them achieve a lovely garden for the students.
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Having made an application we were delighted to have been awarded the grant to develop our garden and poly tunnel, which will bring much enjoyment to our students, staff, volunteers and families. It has become well known that gardening is so therapeutic and important for our health and wellbeing.

National Garden Scheme LogoThe facility has been a huge success. The students now have a beautiful outdoor space where they can spend time learning about growing vegetables and flowers.

The vegetables are grown for our own kitchen to use for their lunchtime meals. The flowers and plants are grown to make the site a prettier environment. Any surplus plants are sent to our Caistor site where we sell them to our tearoom visitors, thus helping us raise valuable funds to assist with the upkeep of The Rock Foundation.

Without this grant from the National Garden Scheme the garden and poly tunnel at Heneage Road would not have been possible and we are all extremely grateful.

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

The National Garden Scheme doesn’t just open beautiful gardens for charity – they are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens too. They also support charities doing amazing work in gardens and health and grant bursaries to help community gardening projects.

Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors the charity has donated over £67 million to nursing and health charities and in 2022 made an annual donation of £3.11 million. Their core beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

To find out more about The National Garden Scheme visit their website:

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