A £1000 donation from J.P. Morgan has enabled BCHA to buy new gardening equipment for its New Leaf allotment project.

Not for profit registered Housing Association BCHA was founded 50 years ago and helps over 10,000 people each year off the streets, out of abuse, over skill barriers and onto independent living.

Its New Leaf allotment in Throop, near Bournemouth, provides horticulture qualifications and volunteering opportunities for BCHA clients.

Participants include people who are long-term unemployed and struggling to find work, people who suffer from mental health and associated problems and those who are in recovery from addiction problems.

Miles Mahoney, the allotment coordinator said:  “This donation has enabled us to source two, very high quality petrol garden machines – a lawn mower and a strimmer.

“These will not only allow us to maintain our 2.2 acre allotment, they will also facilitate multi-faceted work experience for our volunteers, including petrol machine maintenance, health and safety awareness and garden and amenity maintenance.”

“These are extremely valuable skills that could give someone the confidence to find work or indeed a career in the vast and varied industry of horticulture.”

Miles added: “The generosity of J.P. Morgan will have a far reaching and positive effect within the community. We are all most thankful.”

Caroline Donnell and Lottie Forte, both members of the J.P. Morgan Community Relations Committee attended a recent open day at the New Leaf allotment.

Lottie said: “It was great to be able to meet some of the staff and people who use the facilities. We are delighted to have been able to help in this way.”

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