The Plas Madoc ‘Garden Gang’ Provides Bespoke Benches and Planters
Plas Madoc playworkers, The Land Adventure ‘Garden Gang’, have been using reclaimed wood during Covid-19 to design and build benches and planters for outdoor spaces across the Plas Madoc Estate. Although closed since March, the playworkers have been using the playground to develop ways to enhance the health and well-being of families.
Playworkers have received reclaimed wood from local businesses and crafted bespoke benches and planters for residents so they can enjoy their outside areas. All the items are unique and made with the recipient in mind.
One recipient has said: ‘We’re ever so grateful, we sit out here all the time now. I’ve never gardened before, but now I’m out here every morning watering and deadheading! I wanted to make my garden nice and that’s all because of our bench, table and planter. If people get even half the use from their bench that my girls and I have had, they’ll be very happy.’
Additionally, the benches have allowed further access to outdoor spaces for children to be out in the fresh air and create space to relax. These benches, alongside the planters, have encouraged residents to take-up gardening and build on the work of The Land Adventure ‘Garden Gang’.
Playworkers continue to see the importance of interacting with nature and the positive impact this has on health and well-being. Additionally, from their experience on The Land, they see that children have a natural love for the living world. The children love to engage with the elements – they dig, they tend and then get to eat the herbs or strawberries they’ve grown. While we can’t meet in person, these initiatives continue to empower the community at this difficult time.
This article has been kindly provided by the Wrexham-based charity AVOW. For more of our articles featuring AVOW, please click here.
For more details please visit www.avow.org or phone 01978 312 556.