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Azadi Trust
Hope Theraputic Garden

At Hope Therapeutic Garden ,which met weekly in Sparkbrook, we have always strived to give members a sense of belonging and feeling loved. Many have suffered trauma in their lives or have insecure social and financial situations.

During the lockdown we are trying to keep in contact with members in new innovative ways .

We have been making deliveries to members to enable 'Growing at Home' and also have begun a programme of Walking in the Park' visiting local parks  to learn plant ID and foraging skills – watch this space for news of our latest outing!


As 2021 commences here is a reflection of the last few months in Hope Garden community.

In pre COVID times we are a group of people, (some of whom are asylum seekers and refugees) who meet weekly to sow, plant and learn new skills at a small Garden in Sparkbrook.

However lockdown restrictions (the adjacent house has vulnerable residents) has made those sessions difficult or even impossible.

We started to plan 'Walk in The Park' as a safer option following some successful trials last summer but sadly due to the stricter lockdown measures we have been unable to even progress the plans further BUT we have been encouraging Growing At Home which right now seems the safest option.

One of the last times we met at the Garden in September we planted Hyacinths in pots . These pots have proved very important to members who nurtured them ( “checking every day” one lady said) until now they are producing beautiful scented pink and blue blooms for January. Just what we all need to lift the spirits.


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Some have grown beans literally under their window as the pictures show

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At Christmas we delivered Christmas -In -A -Bag -a canvas bag to every member containing lots of goodies including seeds and also a mini Cypress tree ( inspired by the Countryfile Campaign to Plant Britain and do our bit to combat Climate Change)

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2020 has been very hard for our members ( and our volunteers!!) and we have tried to provide support both individually where needed and as a group by setting up a Whats App group. However with the advent of 'fake news'/ anti vaxer movement and virus scams we have sometimes had to monitor the posts there and counter with positive evidence based information and encouragement. Some have experienced family bereavement and serious financial hardship. We are always trying to think of new ways to inspire our members so we have purchased herb seeds and are going to be sending them out for growing on windowsills this Spring. We are also encouraging them to look out for signs of hope as they go on daily ( solo) walks ...so this week was a Snowdrop Hunt

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