Flower power! Worthing garden club gets solar power and lighting thanks to E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund
This is a well-used community facility which we’re pleased to support. The solar panel and associated lighting should make the garden more usable throughout the year, increasing the potential for more people in the community to benefit too.
Visitors to Worthing’s Maybridge Keystone Centre Welcome Woodland Garden are enjoying upgraded facilities thanks to an award of £1,037 from E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund. The grant was given to Breathing Spaces, which runs the therapeutic garden club.
E.ON has fully funded Breathing Spaces’ solar garden project, intended to provide solar power for lighting inside a yurt as well as exterior floodlights. The solar power generated will also pump harvested rainwater for use throughout the garden.
Breathing Spaces operates as a Community Interest Company, providing assisted gardening opportunities for people with support needs, including older people and those living with dementia, mental health issues, learning difficulties and autism.
Its founding directors are Claire Hunt and Lisa Leach and its aim is to create age, ability and dementia friendly experiences that improve physical and emotional wellness.
In addition to running an allotment, Breathing Spaces has built two therapeutic gardens attached to community centres in Worthing, one of which is the Maybridge Keystone Centre Welcome Woodland Garden, home of the solar garden project.
Claire Hunt, one of the two founding directors of Breathing Spaces, said: “Maybridge Keystone Centre Welcome Woodland Garden is separated from the building by a car park and is off grid. We wanted to get some lighting inside the yurt and in the garden to make it safe for people to get around in the evenings. We also needed power to pump the rainwater collected in butts from the building roof into the garden.
“The solar garden project is a practical demonstration to all visitors of how renewable energy and principles of sustainability can be incorporated into its day-to-day running. We’re grateful to E.ON that through its Energising Communities Fund we’ve been able to complete the project.
“These features will be on display, with us there to explain and demonstrate, during the Worthing Eco Open Houses Weekend 21st-22nd April 2018.”
Suzanne Roe, E.ON’s Community Relations Manager, said: “This is a well-used community facility which we’re pleased to support. The solar panel and associated lighting should make the garden more usable throughout the year, increasing the potential for more people in the community to benefit too.
“E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund was set up to support charities and community groups with projects of their own design which bring about a reduction in the amount of energy being used, share energy education or result in the production of energy from a renewable source.
“Since 2013, E.ON’s community funds have distributed more than £140,000 to over 80 community groups nationwide to fund energy-related projects, including £2,000 which was awarded in 2017 to Adur and Worthing Trust to fit secondary glazing into Colonnade House in Worthing.”
For more information about E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund please visit eonenergy.com/community
Photo shows Founding Directors of Breathing Spaces Claire Hunt (quoted, second left) and Lisa Leach (far right) with garden users and volunteers.
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Jane Branscombe, 02476 183 681, Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org
Naomi Troy, 02476 180 523, Naomi.email@example.com
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