GREENPATH VENTURES - CASE STUDY
Greenpath Ventures offer a safe place for all. From people with dementia, people with brain injuries, young families, refugees, homeless, to the elderly.
Run by Rob Mann, they rely on the good will of others and turn unwanted items into the infrastructure of the community allotments in Colchester.
When Rob first took it over in 2021, the community allotment had received lots of donations such as a log burning stove, cooker etc which allowed Rob to create a great good facilities, however he didn’t have any plants or flowers to grow.
Workhorse Generation Trustee Phil Mabon's contacts at national vegetable and herb plant supplier, Quantil, were able to solve the gap between what was already in place and what was required to make the community space a working and rewarding environment.
Quantil kindly donated over one thousand vegetable and herb plants. The team at Workhorse Generation collected and delivered the plants to Rob and his volunteers in time for planting.
The volunteers, many of who had never had access to a garden or green space before were able to grow and nurture at the Greenpath Ventures' community allotment whilst knowing they were in a safe space.
The hard work and muddy hands paid off as they were able to taste the results of their hard work as they harvested the vegetables.
“We can’t thank
Quantil and Workhorse Generation enough.
The vegetables we have been able to grow have been given to our volunteers, local communities, the local Foodbank, the Night Shelter, and shared with the larger community via the Crop Share initiative on Facebook."
By partnership working Workhorse Generation were able to support, deliver and supply for both Quantil and Greenpath Ventures.
By doing this, many Colchester households were able to grow and eat the plants as well as others who just wanted a quiet, safe place to enjoy some breathing space.
The partnership has allowed all parties to form a connection as well as attract more potential partners which in turn allows the allotment to grow and evolve.