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Putting Down Roots – A day with St Mungo’s

This Wednesday saw National Friendly’s very own Neil and Gemma team up with our charity of the year, St Mungo’s for another great ‘hands on’ project. Just a short walk from National Friendly’s office, St Mungo’s have a piece of land set aside behind Bristol’s historic 12th century St Peter’s church which it uses to maintain a garden for the public to enjoy.

The project, ‘Putting Down Roots’ aims to use the social and therapeutic nature of gardening and horticulture to support the recovery of homeless people offering horticultural training and one to one support for people who have experienced homelessness.

Neil:

“We teamed up with workers from St Mungo’s and had great fun  weeding, dead-heading and generally tidying up in readiness for the autumn and winter months.

We have had a great year working with St Mungo’s and their enthusiasm is infectious. We have also seen at first-hand how people’s lives can be transformed by the support they provide.”

Gemma:

“Many times I have marvelled at the amazing ruins of St. Peter’s church and the beautiful well-kept Physic gardens nurtured by St. Mungo’s, so to have the opportunity to work alongside such a worthwhile charity in such a tranquil setting was wonderful.

Rubyjo and the team were incredibly welcoming and being involved with ‘Putting down Roots’ was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.”

We hope you enjoy the few pictures from the day and if you would like to learn more, please find links to St Mungo’s website and a short video clip on the project below:

St Mungo’s Website https://www.mungos.org/

Putting Down Roots Video Clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjtDJpr9f2k

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