A GENEROUS donation from Redrow’s Hartford Community Fund has helped a public garden find a crafty new way of bringing people together.

Groundworks Cheshire has offered a range of activities at Grozone Community Garden, in Vickersway, since 2008, and has now added another string to its bow.

Thanks to a donation of £1,000 from the housebuilder’s community fund, craft and chat sessions have been introduced with costs and materials covered for 22 weeks’ worth of activities.

Caroline Rose, senior Grozone development officer, said: “People can bring craft such as knitting that they are working on at home and join others to chat, have hot drinks and ask each other about their projects.

“Alongside this, we offer a new weekly craft for those wanting to try something different, such as needle felting, mosaic making or willow weaving. We provide the materials needed for these sessions, so anyone can attend free of charge.”

Grozone is one of 30 causes to have received help from Redrow via community funds linked to the Hartford Grange, Weaver Park and Waters Reach developments.

Caroline added: “Grozone Community Garden was launched to help improve physical and mental wellbeing of all who attend.

“We take pride in being entirely inclusive, welcoming everyone from all backgrounds and with any ability, often offering a place of comfort to those who may feel on the periphery of society.

“Redrow’s support has enabled us to introduce craft and chat sessions as another avenue of access and interest for those who would benefit from a bit of Grozone magic.”

Caroline Thompson-Jones, area sales manager for Redrow Homes north west, said: “The Grozone Community Garden does a fantastic job at bringing people together and we were happy to be able to help them introduce new activities.”

“Learning a new skill or simply enjoying your own hobbies in the company of other is a great way of meeting people.”