3rd August 2023
In May we shared the great news that our first Living With Water project in Hull had been successfully completed by Morrison Water Services (MWS).This month, the team returned to Rosmead Street to give back to the community that has supported us throughout the project.
Communication has been key to the success of the project, helping to keep residents informed of progress and address any concerns. St John’s Church have played a big part in helping us with this by allowing us to host over 25 customer drop-in meetings in their hall.
The church is a hub for the community, welcoming a variety of children and adult’s groups, as well as operating a food bank twice a week. To thank St John’s for their generosity and support throughout the project, the MWS team offered to fund and deliver a revamp of their grounds.
MWS cleared and resurfaced the overgrown rear of the church before building several raised beds, installing compost bins, and fitting water butts to help with water resilience. Most importantly for the users of St John’s, the team ensured the whole area is safe and accessible for prams and wheelchair users, with the raised beds also at an accessible height.
The St John’s community are already making great use of their new area, with fruit and vegetables planted and plans underway for bug hotels, a hedgehog house, quiet areas for bird watching and a pond. The children who visit will be helping to sow seeds and pick fruit and vegetables helping them to understand more about the food we eat, with all the produce being used to supply the foodbank.
There are further plans for rewilding a meadow area in the grounds to support biodiversity. We are working with Mires Beck SEN Growers Group in support of Hull’s Butterfly City project. Around 50ft of native hedgerow will be planted in the church grounds, including gelder rose, holly, hazel, and alder buckthorn which we hope will attract the brimstone butterfly back to the area.
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