We learn about a new lockdown inspired project in this week’s column: The Plants Project – distributing plants for people.

At the beginning of lockdown, Hamish Mills, local college student and co-founder of Lancaster Youth for Environment, decided he wanted to do something to make a difference in the community. He came up with the idea of bringing some greenery into people’s homes by collecting and distributing herbs and other plants for people who may like to brighten their house up with a plant, especially if they are self-isolating.

Hamish, together with his mum Abi Mills (a Green City Councillor), put a call out for donations such as pots, plants and compost. They have since been re-potting the plants in their garden in Greaves. Many local residents, allotment groups and even the City Council have donated various types of plants to be given away.

Hamish commented “Even though I cannot go to college, I still wanted to be proactive and this project was the perfect way to do so whilst also bringing a bit of colour and joy to people in lockdown. It makes me very happy to hear that they are appreciated and I’m glad I can help the community in my own small way”.

“So far Abi and I have re-homed over 350 plants to people in Lancaster District, and have linked up with many community groups who have helped distribute the plants to residents. We have given both indoor and garden plants to many Church Groups; vegetable plants to The Marsh Community Centre; flowers and herbs to The Neuro Drop In; succulents to ex-homeless people; spider plants, herbs and flowers to asylum seekers; flowers to residents of The Memorial Village (on the 70th anniversary of VE day) and also herbs and flowers to individuals.”

Abi said: “A massive thank you to everyone who has helped with this project so far, to all those who have donated plants and also the community groups who have delivered the plants. It has been such a rewarding way to connect with the community during these unnerving times, and to reach out to people so they know that they are in our thoughts. We are always needing more plants. In particular indoor plants and herbs, so if you have any spare, please let us know. We are happy to come and collect. Also, if you think that anyone you know, or members of your community would like a plant, please let us know so we can deliver even more plants!”

To donate or get involved email amills@lancaster.gov.uk

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