We are overwhelmed to hear how much the students of Orchard Hill College, a non-residential specialist college, are enjoying their time working at the Phipps Bridge community garden, as part of the Dig Merton project.
Lecturer, Helen Dixon, tells us that after their initial induction day, the students were very much looking forward to going along each Wednesday morning…
She explains that this was an understatement and since beginning work at the allotments, they arrive at college eager to get going and start work. When they return to school, although tired, they are very happy! She says the confidence of one student in particular has really grown and he is a lot more talkative and smiley. Another of the students’ is always desperate to have his communication book updated with writing and pictures, so as he can proudly show his family. Helen has also noticed that he seems to be much more aware of the rest of the group and how his vocalisations can affect them.
This is a wonderful demonstration of the success of Dig Merton and how community gardening can make a real difference to the health and well being of those working on local land.
We’d like to say a big thank you to Orchard Hill College and all of the students volunteering their time each week! We really are so pleased to hear how much you’ve enjoyed it!