We have all been through such challenging times during the Covid-19 pandemic and as an arts organisation, we are constantly looking for different ways to use creativity to support the community. We believe that the Vertical Garden project will do just that, by bringing the people of Wisbech together again, in the town’s Park, to create something unique.
This exciting project has been developed in response to feedback given by members of the local Wisbech community during a Social Innovation Lab event and we are grateful to Clarion Futures for agreeing to fund the programme. The project involves the development of a vertical garden, which has been affixed to one of the public buildings in Wisbech Park. In effect, this ‘living wall’ has become a focal point that can be enjoyed by everyone.
The base framework for the Garden was built with support from the students and staff at Olive Academy and volunteers from People & Animals, the Ferry Project, Fenland District Council, the Getting It Sorted Volunteer Group and Wisbech In Bloom, together with members of the community. Students from Nene and Ramnoth School have helped with the first stage of the planting, using recycled water bottles, and we will be working with other Groups as we begin the next phase of the planting in the Spring.
The Vertical Gardens is one of the projects being delivered by the ‘Love Wisbech’ Partnership, which consists of public, private and third sector organisations who are working to enhance life for the local community and encourage more people to visit this historic town. The Group believes that more can be achieved by working collaboratively and Partners bring a positive approach to projects by supporting each other and recognising the strengths of each organisation.
If you would like to work with us on the Vertical Garden project, or are interested in finding out more about how we are developing the Garden, please get in contact with us.