Herts Mind Network has launched its Green Canteen social enterprise at Garsmouth Way, Meriden, Watford.  The Green Canteen has been developed by Herts Mind Network in partnership with Watford Community Housing Trust and operates as a horticultural training centre for people overcoming mental and emotional challenges, along with Trust tenants. Members of the local community can pick up gardening skills and qualifications.

Formal and informal horticultural courses, delivered by qualified tutors, are available from just £10, and there is also an opportunity to learn new skills by volunteering to help grow fruit, vegetables and plants. The produce is then sold to the local community, through the Green Canteen’s ‘Trading Shed’ with all proceeds reinvested back into the project.  Further income will be generated by selling recycled gardening items such as tools, pots and garden furniture. If you have any spare items, please bring them along!

Julie Nicholson, Chief Executive Officer of Herts Mind Network said: “This exciting new social enterprise is a fantastic testimony to the involvement of groups accessing Herts Mind Network’s services and tenants of Watford Community Housing Trust in coming together to shape new service delivery.”

Tina Barnard, Chief Executive of Watford Community Housing Trust, said: “Together we have transformed this area from scrubland into something really special: a space for people to fulfil their potential as gardeners. Just a few days from the Trust’s fifth birthday, it’s a great symbol of our commitment not only to improving the community but offering opportunities too.”

The Hon. Arabella Stuart Smith said: ‘I would like to congratulate all those whose vision and determination has put together this partnership. The Green Canteen is fruitful for the volunteers, the trainee gardeners and the local community.  It is a real asset for those who live here, an opportunity for everyone to enjoy growing or buying fresh local produce.”

For more information please contact Caron Brennan, Green Canteen Coordinator, on 07544 428928 or caron.brennan@hertsmindnetwork.org

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