The Potting Shed Volunteer Group
At CPG we recognise that planting trees is one of the best ways of pulling carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to tackle the climate crisis. As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global heating.
Located at the rear of our Cromwell Road Resource Centre is our “Potting Shed” growing area with an irrigation system and growing tunnels.
The team of volunteers at the centre not only maintain the grounds but nurture plants and trees with over 200 indigenous species for planting across the CPG Estate.
The tree nursery and poly tunnels at the potting shed are used to grow fruit and vegetables as well as to develop a large stock of trees and shrubs all lovingly cared for by our volunteers.
Working with the NHS Forest Project we are anticipating another 800 saplings to look after in the coming months ready for the planting season.
Trees have many other advantages providing shade and blocking sunlight from heating at ground level as well as improving air quality. Tree roots penetrating deep into the soil allows surface water to drain more easily as well as drawing moisture from the ground into the tree.
At our sites we also see the benefit of increased biodiversity with trees creating habitats for all kinds of wildlife – from squirrels and bats, to bees, owls and woodpeckers.
All of our service users benefit from being in nature and our grounds are an extension of our centres providing a lovely therapeutic environment for everyone.
This is all part of our Green CPG plan