Young families at a refuge are enjoying an exciting weekly gardening session.
The gardening is a valuable break from their day-to-day routine, which can be very isolated. The majority have fled domestic abuse, so no visitors are allowed at the refuge. Residents may also be traumatised and afraid to go out in a new area.
It is a chance for the mothers to spend some relaxed time together, and learn new skills. The children also get to play together and have new experiences.
The mums and children can plan and discuss what they would like to grow, including flowers and vegetables.
The garden now has an extended patio with raised beds that the children can work in, as well as insect, bee and hedgehog houses, a bird table, and a small greenhouse.
The most recent addition was some more furniture so that the families can spend more time outside enjoying the garden, even when sessions are not happening.