Winson Green in Bloom

For our latest CRCW reflection, we have a wonderful film created by Kevin Snyman, which shows 'Winson Green in Bloom'. WinsonGreenComGardenWebCropAdella Pritchard, who is the Church Related Community Worker (CRCW) for Bishop Latimer United Church in Birmingham talks about how important Bishop Latimer Community Garden is to the local area and how it not only brings people together but also provides people, many of whom may not have a garden of their own, to learn, share and grow produce and flowers, as well as making friends:

"For me, it was a fast realisation. It wasn't just about coming and gardening, it was about building friendships between the gardeners".

Andrew Simons talks about setting up the community garden in 2009 and how he helped enable volunteers and community groups to establish 'grow sites' and provides an insight into the impact it has had: "It's a great way of bringing the community together to share knowledge, to share experiences and to get to know each other."

One highlight of the film for me as a viewer was not only to see what a beautiful space it is but to hear about the flowers grown by prisoners for the community garden. Adella says: "We never get to see the prisoners which is a real shame because we are indebted to them for what they do for us".

See Kevin Snyman's film here:

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