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John Hall Gardens in Leek gets new signage.

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 18, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • From left, Your Moorlands Scrutiny Panel member Terry Wood, garden volunteer Sam Knight, Mental Health Recovery Worker Sue Smith, Senior Estate Officer for Your Moorlands Scott Reynolds, Your Moorlands Scrutiny Panel member Dorothy Bloor, garden volunteer Margaret Polhill, garden volunteer Richard Kay, Rethink facility user Paul Mothershaw, and volunteer Martin Brightman.

  • From the left: Your Moorlands Scrutiny Panel member Terry Wood, garden volunteer Sam Knight, Mental Health Recovery Worker Sue Smith, Senior Estate Officer for Your Moorlands Scott Reynolds, Your Moorlands Scrutiny Panel member Dorothy Bloor, garden volunteer Margaret Polhill, garden volunteer Richard Kay, Rethink facility user Paul Mothershaw, and volunteer Martin Brightman.

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A community garden has had new signs put up thanks to a donation from a housing group.

Members of the Your Moorlands Scrutiny Panel have awarded the John Hall Garden, off Fowlchurch Road in Leek, with a grant for £500 which has been used towards improved signage for the community venue.

Situated next to Brough Park, John Hall Garden is a community garden which not only provides visitors the opportunity to walk around the gardens and buy plants nurtured at the site, but is also a venue for people with mental health issues to be able to blossom – and even learn skills to potentially help them get jobs. The John Hall Garden is run by the national charity 'Rethink Mental Illness'. A number of volunteers also help at the venue.

Now thanks to a donation from Your Moorlands, the gardens have a brand new and bigger sign outside, as well as a finger-post sign on Ball Haye Road.

Dorothy Bloor, a member of the Your Moorlands Scrutiny Panel, said: "We decided to donate this fund to the John Hall Gardens because it is a worthy cause and they needed more signage to let people know where they are and that they are actually here."

Fellow scrutiny panel member, Terry Wood, added: "I didn't really realise what they did here at John Hall Garden.

"I thought it was a place where the council grew plants to be used in the district, so people do need to be made aware that it is here.

"Not only can people volunteer to help in the gardens but members of the public can buy plants from here."

Mental health recovery worker Sue Smith said: "The new signs will help the gardens to be more visible and accessible in the community.

"We have also managed to purchase an A-board for extra promotion.

"This is fabulous as there are still lots of people who don't know the gardens are here."

Garden volunteer Margaret Polhill, who has helped at the garden for six months, added: "It is a bit tucked away and people I have spoken to about it didn't know it was here.

"I really enjoy volunteering here."

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