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Windmill Community Garden Gains Garden of Sanctuary Award

We were pleased to present the Windmill Community Garden in Bobbers Mill in Nottingham with their Garden of Sanctuary award this morning.  The gardens are open to a wide variety of community groups and volunteers do everything from clearing paths to weeding and growing and are involved in large projects like the building of the “Shed of Sanctuary” which is used regularly by local charity Refugee Roots who use it for English and art classes.  Newly arrived sanctuary seeking students from NEST were involved in clearing parts of the gardens as work experience.  The gardens also offer horticultural therapy for anyone who needs it through the services of Growing Forward who offer counselling services for anyone who needs it.  While we were there a cooking workshop was taking place and the gardens regularly host Nowruz celebrations and share food during Refugee Week.  The gardens host sanctuary seekers either as individuals or in groups and while we were there we met Mo from Bangladesh and her family who helped themselves to some plums from an area which will eventually become a forest school.  Featured in the photo are members of Nottingham City of Sanctuary including Sanctuary Ambassador Lubna al Zain, Anna Young and Tracey Lloyd from Windmill Community Gardens and Daniel Parkin from Refugee Roots as well as a number of volunteers.