Gardening prize won third time in a row!

This year, for the third time in three consecutive years, Brighton YMCA’s George Williams Centre won a prize in the Brighton and Hove City in Bloom competition. This year it was the ‘Best Community Charity Garden’ Special Commendation.

Entries to the competition are invited from the Brighton community – businesses, schools, local residents who wish to improve their local environment. Aside from its recreational purpose, the gardening group teaches essential skills which can be used for further employment. It is led by Paul Attwood, a gardening passionate and PhD in Environmental Research. Paul said: ‘The gardening group runs on the first Tuesday of the month on a drop in basis. It is an opportunity for YMCA residents to be involved in gardening. It gives focus, it is a physical activity and an opportunity to socialise in a supportive environment.’

Every year, Brighton YMCA find new ways of integrating gardening into their projects. At Stanley Court, resident volunteers co-ordinated by a staff member are turning the former patio area into a flourishing garden. William Collier House’s gardening group is an entirely client-led initiative. They are seeking partnership with gardening sponsors in Brighton to help them continue this project in a non-traditional gardening area.

Find out more about the competition on their website.