Swindon's Green Fingered Gardeners Weave the Winning Numbers!
Members of TWIGS (Therapeutic Work In Gardens Swindon) have created a giant willow Lottery-ball. Made of organic willow grown at the project, this unique five-foot giant Lottery ball is the project’s way of saying thank you to Lottery players, who raise £25 million a week for Good Causes projects across the UK, which makes a huge difference to people, like those with mental health problems, who benefit from the garden therapy classes at TWIGS.
1 in 4 people in the UK suffer with mental health issues and members of the TWIGS project credit it with helping to turn their lives around.
Julian, 45, struggles to feel comfortable in social settings and suffers from a virtually debilitating lack of self-confidence. However, since he discovered TWIGS, eight months ago, he has already started to integrate with small groups at the project and is learning new skills to cope with his disability.
Julian says: “There's more to this project than digging – there's a great community spirit here; everyone is treated as a person not as an illness. Before I came to TWIGS I struggled to motivate myself even to leave the house in the mornings, but now I get real pleasure from tasks like the willow weaving, which really helps with my depression.”
In the last year alone, over £118 million of Lottery funding has been invested in arts, sports, heritage, education, environment, health, charity and voluntary projects across the South West. The pecial willow weaving was part of a UK-wide roadshow, which aimed to bring to life the diverse range of people and projects that benefit from Lottery funding. Giant Lottery balls popped up at various locations around the South West, so local residents were able to see a few more examples of how Lottery funding benefits their area.
Corin Brett from The National Lottery explains: “We think it’s important that Lottery players know about all the fantastic projects, both in their area and across the UK, that are made possible thanks to the money they help raise each week. We hope that John's experience at TWIGS and the giant Lottery balls here and at community projects across the region, will help make people more aware of how Lottery funding has benefited their local community.”
Pictured, above: Debbie Quick with Julian Holland
Thinking Spring open day at TWIGS
(Therapeutic Work In Gardens Swindon) Sunday 19 April, 11am – 4pm
Look around the beautiful gardens created over the last few years.
Music, children's entertainment, refreshments, craft items for sale
Free admission and free parking next to Manor Garden Centre, Cheney Manor Industrial Estate. All welcome.
Green sculptures to go on show
Selected pieces of sulptures created from recycled materials will be exhibited around the gardens during the open day and also displayed for sale.
Talented eco-artists at Brook Field Primary School will be displaying a sparrow and a nest made from old floor tiles, chicken wire and crisp packets and also birdfeeders from old drink cartons, bottle tops, macrame string and pencil stubs for perches.
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