Asda steps in with £25k for garden project

Fleetwood's Willow Garden Project is handed �25,000 from the Asda Foundation. The money will help to complete the project by providing wheelchair access and extra planting areas.
Fleetwood's Willow Garden Project is handed �25,000 from the Asda Foundation. The money will help to complete the project by providing wheelchair access and extra planting areas.

A garden which benefits people with disabilities in Fleetwood has been given a huge cash boost.

Volunteers who run the Willow Garden Project near the Cricket Club picked up £25,000 on Monday from Fleetwood’s Asda store.

And Asda’s community champion Layla Hampson, is delighted that a Fleetwood project was chosen for the cash windfall from the supermarket’s charity funding organisation – Asda Foundation.

The project, which is in its second season, started out as a piece of scrubland.

It has now been transformed into an area which provides a gardening and sensory area for vulnerable adults in Fleetwood.

Layla said: “It was the first time we had applied to the Asda Foundation for a grant and we were successful, which is fantastic news!

“A representative from the Asda Foundation visited the project a few weeks ago to see for herself the work they do for many people within the community.

“The donation will be used to provide planting, storage facilities and a disabled access which will help keep the project running.

Founded by go-ahead gardeners Paula Hartle and Pamela Laird, the Willow Garden Project can now be completed with the cash grant. Wheelchair access can be installed and more planting areas can be created.

A new log cabin, which will be used as an office and a base for creative crafts. is also due to be constructed.

“We were just £100 short of our target to purchase the log cabin when an anonymous donation from a Fleetwood person was given to us,” said Paula.

“We would like to thank Asda for the huge donation, it is going to make such a difference and will help so much. It’s all coming together now, it’s fantastic. It’s well-known that a green space lifts the mood and spirit and by offering activities, people who struggle with social skills can achieve so much. You can see real differences in people from when they first join us to being here for a few weeks.”