Stalham youngsters give their communal garden a makeover

Young residents at Stalham have been busy transforming their communal garden as a special place to spend time, ready for summertime.

They live in a Flagship Foyer, several of which are based in rural parts of Norfolk and Suffolk and provide accommodation and training opportunities for previously homeless 16-25 year-olds.

The garden now boasts raised beds for growing flowers and vegetables, a water butt and a composter. Residents will now be able to enjoy a dedicated barbecue area and do a spot of birdwatching with the addition of a new bird table made by a resident who has now moved on independently.

The idea to give the garden an eco-friendly makeover was down to 21-year-old resident Laura Day and, with the support of two staff members, they managed to secure funding from housing provider Flagship

Contractor Vinci helped erect the greenhouse and build the barbecue and contractor Norse donated a composter and fitted the raised beds. Local suppliers also helped with vouchers to pay for plants and garden equipment.


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All materials used are recycled where possible, especially in the ecological section. The rockery is made using old bricks from storage heaters, moss from staff gardens and recycled pots for planting.

The garden has encouraged residents to spend more time outside which is good for wellbeing. Garden creator Laura explained: 'It's a nice space to relax. It's great being outdoors and a good place to escape to watch the wildlife. We are able to grow our own fruit and vegetables too – they are so expensive. This project is helping us with the moving on process; teaching us about sustainability.'

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Flagship Foyer's housing support worker Denise Gouge, said: 'It's a great opportunity for the young people here at the Foyer – it's their work, a team effort and it's all sustainable. This will benefit the health and wellbeing of all involved.'

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