Richmond charity wins award for community gardens

From left, Dan Bland and Steve Biggs, from Just the Job, at the awards ceremony in Tadcaster.

A Richmond charity has won an award for its community gardens.

Just the Job Environmental Enterprise received a silver gilt award from Yorkshire In Bloom for its community gardens and orchard.

Just the Job manager Steve Biggs said: “We were very pleased with this result as it had been a difficult year with covid illness and staff changes.

“Our work team members with staff and volunteers have worked hard to make the gardens a welcoming, calm and lovely place to work and relax.”

Just the Job Environmental Enterprise helps adults with disabilities to achieve their potential by doing work in the community.

The judges said in their comments: “Like many other charities they have had a difficult time through covid lockdowns and restrictions particularly with maintenance and other commitments which has led to reorganisation of the teams.

“There is a lot of enthusiasm for growing vegetables and flowers on individual plots and a good collaboration with a local shop to sell produce. Petals are gathered and dried for confetti among other projects.

“It is clear that there is good collaboration with many organisations and similar charities to share ideas and workspaces for mutual benefit. The woodland is used for a forest school and willows and hazels are grown for green woodworking.

“Wildflower seed is collected. A wide variety of wildlife habitats have been developed throughout the site and bat and bird boxes along with insect housing in the form of ‘flats’ have been made on site.”