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The Sage Experience
Sage Gardener was set up as a Community Interest company in 2016. They are based on a 2.5 acre site at Eagle Hall between Lincoln and Newark. They have developed their Friendly Garden on the site. This is a community garden where they grow fruit, vegetables and other plants and also have an area of old woodland. The garden is now used by various groups, for example those living with dementia and their carers, to socialise, practice gardening and other craft skills, improve their wellbeing and get out in the fresh air working in association with A Different Angle counselling service
Sage Gardener also give talks and demonstrations at other venues such as garden clubs, WIs, U3A groups, visually impaired groups and care homes.

What’s been achieved so far?
The wooded area has now been brought under control so, as well as areas of bramble, blackthorn and wild roses we have large areas of more delicate plants: in particular a superb spring show of wood anemones.
The sensory garden has now been built and planted and the green gym is being used to encourage keeping fit.
Our ethos of being as environmentally friendly as possible continues with the installation of new compost bins and the collection of lots of leaves to make leaf mould for use around the site. The wild fruit area has been planted providing food for birds and humans! More bird boxes have been installed particularly for use by robins and wrens.
We now have a new carpark to make things easier for those that visit us who can’t walk that well and to cater for the ever-expanding number of people that now visit the site. As well as our well established Friendship Days, primarily for those living with dementia and their carers, we also now host folk from care homes and run workshops specifically to support carers. We are also piloting a series of learn how to garden workshops.

What’s Next?
Our strong team of volunteers now help with the routine maintenance of the woodland and gardens which gives us time to continue to develop new projects.
We are continuing with our tree renovation and planting and are introducing some new species in the garden areas. These, as with the majority of our plants, are selected because of their benefits to wildlife. We are continually improving our bird feeding and bird and bat accommodation as well as habitats for insects etc.
We are also developing demonstration areas to show people how to grow vegetables, fruit and plants in small spaces. The scented plants and herbs are especially popular with our visitors.
As previously explained, we have to make the site and its facilities financially viable. In order to do this, we have planning permission to install some wooden cabins to enable people to stay over on the site. In order for this to work we need toilet facilities. We are hoping to install the first of these in the next few weeks.
As well as the stables and the existing cabin we have a bell tent that we use for our ever-expanding range of beneficiaries.
If you would like to come along to visit or help by volunteering please let us know by using one of the contacts below.

Contacts
For more information visit our website: www.sagegardener.co.uk
Email: sagegardener@virginmedia.com
Ring: 07707325016
Facebook: Sage Gardener CIC

Posted on 18 February 2019 in category(s):