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Martineau Gardens is an oasis of calm located in the heart of Birmingham, open to the public for free, six-days-a-week. The gardens are maintained by volunteers on our Therapeutic Horticulture programme who are adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues and autism. We provide an equitable and inclusive space within an area of extreme economic and social disparity. It is important to us that individuals and families can connect with nature and other people, and children can play without cost. We care for and consider the environment and wildlife in all we do, as plants, animals and insects are vital to our sustainability, and this is echoed in our environmental education programmes and family activities.
Work will be undertaken by existing volunteers, and we will plan a 'call to action' for families to be involved in on special 'community installation days'. This section of the gardens is the most popular. Providing space for family cohesion, children can play safely, engage their imagination and become aware of the natural environment. Refurbishment will enhance all these benefits.