Local MP Caroline Dinenage today visited Barclay House’s garden and met the volunteers who are tending it.


Barclay House is a council run facility which provides families who find themselves without accommodation with temporary shelter.  Resident, Lorraine Brownsea started looking after the garden at the site and has now turned it into a vegetable plot.  Her aim was to bring the residents together, help manage stress and give them new life skills.


The vegetable plot now provides produce for the residents of Barclay House and Lorraine continues to volunteer to help maintain the garden and inspire new residents to get involved.


Commenting, Caroline said:


“It was fantastic to meet Lorraine and see what she and the residents of Barclay House have achieved.   This is a brilliant project which encourages people facing difficult times to get involved with community activities and build support networks with their fellow residents.”



Lorraine is looking to expand this project to the other garden of Barclay House and to Agnew House, if you can be of assistance please contact Lorraine via