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First name into the hat …

St Lukes Trust in Padworth, Berkshire

Nominator Michael says:

“st. luke’s trust is a charity that supports people with disabilities enabling them to become more independent.
With a large garden, we provide a peaceful yet productive space where tenants can work at their own pace and develop skills in a supportive and caring environment.

Apart from enabling tenants to grow their own produce, our large garden means we will have a regular supply of fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs. Our tenants take part in all aspects of the produce; choosing what is planted, maintaining/watering and eventually the picking and harvesting. This gives all tenants a sense of achievement and they take pride in this activity, and large beds means all tenants have the chance to take part no matter what their level of disability.
i think if the charity was to recieve the gift it would be spent on smaller hand tools as these are the one’s used most by the tenants.”
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The christmas gift in use

Message from Klara at Fountain Hill:

One of the girls loved your Phoenix hoe so much that she said to her mum that she will help at home in the garden if she can be using similar tool.  We REALLY LOVE your tools. Thank you very much!!!!!!! As we live in west Wales it rains alot = happy fat slugs. So I hoe with your toools around cougettes, young comfrey and all the other plants slugs would love and until now it worked. Our very free range chickens love the slugs too.

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Next Christmas Gift nomination

Kiveton Park and Wales CDT gardening group


Here is what nominator Bridget has to say about it:

“In 1997 the coal mine in Kiveton Park and Wales was closed with a loss of 1000 jobs. This was devastating for our village. The Community Development Trust was set up, based in the old colliery offices, to help the community get back on its feet. We helped people search for jobs and provided training to help them increase their employment skills.

“Nineteen years later the village has largely recovered. There are new housing estates and the population has risen to 11,000 but there are still pockets of serious deprivation. We are a proud lot and we want to bring back the pride in our village and community spirit that we used to have. We are starting a gardening group which will maintain the public spaces and will ‘green up’ the whole village.

“We haven’t started yet so we don’t have any pictures of us at work but here is a picture of the old colliery office with the expanse of lawn in front. Wait and see what it’ll look like in the future!”