GARDEN FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS TO OPEN IN WAKEFIELD 

Grow Wakefield Limited

Office S18, Flexispace, Monckton Road, Wakefield, WF2 7AS

Tel: 07971 098510

E-mail: [email protected]: www.Grow-Wakefield.co.uk

Garden being opened

A garden designed to welcome refugees and asylum seekers to Wakefield is to be opened on Wednesday 6 July 2022 on the roof of The Ridings Shopping Centre in the city.

What it is

Grow Wakefield, a not for profit gardening organisation, has worked with partners to create The Ridings Sanctuary Garden, a space designed for refugees and asylum seekers to grow fruit and vegetables as part of a gardening community.

Who it’s being opened by

The garden will be officially opened by Anna Hartley, the Director for Public Health in Wakefield and visitors from local refugee and asylum seeker support organisations as well as representatives from Nova, Wakefield and District Health and Community Support, City of Sanctuary and Wakefield Community Foundation will be able to view the gardens and hear about the work that has gone into the garden’s development from the gardening team.

Mr Andy Austerfield, the Chief Executive of Grow Wakefield said: “It’s not just about gardening. Spaces like this bring the community together, offer a sense of belonging and are a warm welcoming place for people to visit.  

“We aim to improve mental health and wellbeing and enable our gardeners to learn about each other’s cultures as well as sharing the produce grown 

“The new arrivals will garden alongside people who wish to welcome them to the district and help them settle in through a shared love of growing their own fruit and vegetables. The Sanctuary Garden will operate alongside our existing Ridings mini allotments off the Red Zone car park on the roof of The Ridings.”

Times it’ll be open

The Sanctuary Garden will be open to members each Wednesday from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm and will welcome refugees and asylum seekers settling in the Wakefield District area. For more information contact Andy Austerfield on [email protected] or call 07971 098510.

“We are very grateful to our partners – The Ridings, Creative Minds (a charity hosted by South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust) and Arnold Clark Community Fund without whom this garden would not have been created. We hope this garden will provide a haven of peace and quiet, a world away from everyday problems as well as the opportunity for new arrivals to make friends,” said Mr Austerfield.

Grow Wakefield started in 2010 and works with individuals and a variety of organisations including councils, community groups, schools and businesses to inspire and support local communities to develop community gardens and mini allotment plots.

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