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Tivoli Court gets help from the Princes Trust, Solihull College

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Princes Trust students from Solihull College have created an allotment area at Tivoli Court, our supported housing scheme in Solihull for customers with learning disabilities.

Solihull mayorTivoli Court was shortlisted by the Princes Trust team of students after a request from support worker Ann Jones. She said: “I applied last year but unfortunately we weren’t successful so I am really excited that we have been nominated now. It will mean everyone will have a plot they can manage and it will bring people together.”

A team of 11 students from Solihull College worked at Tivoli Court for four days to build and paint six raised beds, fill them with compost and paint a bench in the sensory garden.

Vanessa Morris, Princes Trust team leader at Solihull College said: “My students have worked extremely hard on the project, developing new skills and coming together to create something that will have a long lasting use for the residents.”

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Ann continued: “Raised beds will enable all our customers to plant vegetables without having to bend down or get on their knees. We are planning to grow vegetables for other schemes and use them for ‘make and taste’ sessions. One of our customers, Pat, is really excited and would like to grow some parsnips and tomatoes.”

She concluded: “I would like to say a huge thank you to EH Smith for donating all the wood, nails and screws to build the beds and also to Kevin Lane at SITA who kindly donated three tonnes of soil and compost. Without their generosity the work could not be completed.”

The Mayor of Solihull, Kate Wild, officially opened the new allotment area.