On 10th July the Red Door project in Bury was celebrated the completion of the Yard Project. Tea and coffee, as well as homemade scones with jam and cream were available to guests who included Councillor Susan Southworth, the DWP’s Donna Jackson, Kim Griffiths and Belinda Papworth from Bury Council and Katya Pursall, who leads VCFA (Voluntary Community and Faith Alliance) in Bury. Artist Sharon Campbell, who runs regular monthly art sessions at Red Door, was also present, as well as many of Red Door’s many regular visitors.
The Yard Project was funded by substantial donations from the Bury Times’ Gannett Foundation, Tesco Bags of Help and Bury Council’s Pitch Community Funding. This has allowed the clients at Red Door to clear what was an overgrown mess of vegetation and create a beautiful and healing space full of healthy fruit and vegetables, as well as artwork created in Sharon’s classes. Kieron McGlasson from Sow the City has led the project and was on hand to encourage visitors to sample some of the produce that was ready, such as courgette flowers (sought-after delicacy), French beans and radishes, amongst others.
Mark Wiggin, Caritas Director, said “The Yard Project adds a new dimension to the Bury Centre and the Red Door project. It brings a new opportunity for people to enjoy nature and eat what they grow. The project has been supported by Sow the City who have created a wonderful and calm space for the centre users, who need the peace that the Yard Project will bring to their lives, many of them benefitting from the therapeutic advantages it offers.”
Red Door’s Manager Julia Coulton said “It was wonderful to be able to share the achievements and hard work of the Red Door clients with our valued supporters, funders, and partners. Big thanks to Kieron and the team at Sow the City who helped us transform our overgrown jungle into an oasis of peace and tranquillity in the heart of the city. We are all learning valuable growing skills as a result of the project and are very grateful also to our funders who allowed us to make it happen. Our art group at Red Door have also joined in by making the wonderful mosaics for the walls.”