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Three Awards for Inspero

Inspero is amazed and delighted to win three awards at the South East in Bloom Awards 2019.

Inspero kept its Gold for its horticulture and Forest School work, as well as receiving an RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) Level 5 ‘outstanding’ for its Kempshott charity community garden beside Stratton Park.

The third and most surprising award achieved was the prestigious Chairman’s award, which the organisation gained for all the wonderful work that the charity delivers in the Basingstoke community.

Chief Executive Catherine Waters-Clark commented:

We couldn’t believe it when the Chairman Peter Holman, starting talking about all our projects, we all looked at one another thinking we recognise the names; our signature project Love2Grow and a few others and then announced Inspero as the winner, this is such a competition event where we are up against organisations and councils, some of them with million pound horticulture budgets. The team did shed a few tears and are absolutely elated to win and be recognised in this way.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers including our enthusiastic young volunteers who have worked incredibly hard to keep our Kempshott Community Garden in shape over the past year and supported both horticulture and Forest School programmes in the community.

Thank you also to all our supporters, neighbours, corporate organisations such as Fujitsu, Visa, Lilly UK, De La Rue and residents in the area who have supported our work.

Inspero team from left at RHS Awards 2019

Inspero team from left at RHS Awards 2019: Yvonne Mendelsohn, Catherine Waters-Clark, Muriel & Philip Wraight

We would also like to say thank you to all the NCS National Citizen Service students who came to experience some hands on volunteering at Inspero, some of them for the first time in the community.

A massive thank you to the Princes Trust Basingstoke team, who worked very hard supporting a new development in our community garden. Some of us had the privilege of attending their graduation ceremony in July, all of their stories really filled us with hope for the future of all the young people involved and we felt really humbled to be part of that process.

Catherine Waters-Clark and Yvonne Mendelsohn receiving the Chairman’s award from Horticulturalist & Writer Jim Buttress

Catherine Waters-Clark and Yvonne Mendelsohn receiving the Chairman’s award from Horticulturalist & Writer Jim Buttress “The People’s Gardener”

Over the past 7 years we have seen how horticulture, the outdoors and people contributing to their communities can play a huge part in people’s well-being. Within such a big town as Basingstoke, it brings a sense of community and belonging as well as helping to keep people active, improving emotional, physical and mental health and giving people access to organic food grown locally.

Inspero works with children from age 3 years to adults in their 90’s. Going forward we are developing our community garden to include an outdoor cooking and kitchen garden area with a Forest School section.

We would really value any support people could give in time, resources, materials to help make this a wonderful outdoor classroom to enable Inspero to run activities with local people, especially our young people helping them to aspire to achieve their potential and be good global citizens.