Although well established and successful, Herefordshire Growing Point, situated on the campus at Holme Lacy, remains unheralded among the county’s registered charities
The Disabled and Older Gardeners’ Association, based at the Demonstration Garden in the grounds of Holme Lacy, deserves recognition for the immense and invaluable benefits afforded to about 300 disabled, elderly and young people, who attend the weekly sessions at Holme Lacy or during the charity's outreach programme to residential care homes and day centres round the county.
Mental stimulation, increased self-esteem and confidence, and social interaction, are clear and evident experiences for those attending these sessions. Age Concern, Martha Trust and Acquired Brain Injury Unit, are among the participating organisations. Barrs Court Special School tutors comment that “This project is one of the most stimulating of the educational modules provided away from the school ... solid experience in gardening skills and knowledge and of great benefit to our students”.
Herefordshire Freemasons support this view: such support, initiated among the Brethren of St Peter’s Lodge No. 7368 in Bromyard, especially when David Wall was its Worshipful Master, resulted in £1,000 being donated by the Herefordshire Masonic Charities Association to this worthy enterprise. Richard James, Charity Steward of St Peter’s Lodge said he was “Thoroughly impressed with the horticultural therapy provided to such a wide range of deserving people - the maintenance of this all-year round project is paramount”.
Laura Hone, Chairman of Herefordshire Growing Point, in thanking the local Freemasons stated that “Our costs are rising inexorably, particularly transport costs, and so such support is invaluable”.
If you would like to find out more about Herefordshire Growing Point or to make a donation, please visit their website.