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Big Help Out Event at Historic Croydon Garden Attracts Hundreds of People

A community event organised as part of the Big Help out managed to attract hundreds of people to a historic Croydon garden.

Members of the community made their way to the picturesque four-acre space called MHA The Wilderness.

As part of the King’s coronation celebrations members of the public were urged to support community spaces like The Wilderness.

There were plenty of tasks for volunteers other stuck into including pulling out tree stumps, varnishing and general garden maintenance.

Members of the Army Training Centre in Pirbright came with more than 100 volunteers to help on the day and were joined by a team from the local branch of Amazon Fresh.

They were supported by The Wilderness’ core volunteer team who have helped maintain the garden for many years now and were joined by members of the public who were helping for the first time.

Susanne Haynes, community coordinator said:
“The Big Help Out event was a very successful day, and we were very happy with the result.

“We want people to come in and see what The Wilderness has to offer and how the place can be used as a place to hire for various events.

“There has been a good level of interest for new volunteers which is something we are always on the lookout for.

“Everyone got stuck in and the atmosphere on the day was very peaceful.

“I want to thank all my colleagues both here at The Wilderness and at MHA Hall Grange for their support in ensuring the day went really well.

“All the tasks on the day linked back to our Green Care Strategy which is all about promoting health and wellbeing in nature.

“All our volunteers contributed immensely and played their part.

“We also want to thank those who provided food, supplies and resources that helped make this a success.”