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Donation Provides Garden Area at Richardson Yard

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The Brighton and Hove Estate Agent Association (BHEAA) has donated £1,611 to BHT to pay for the initial set up costs for a new garden area at the recently built Richardson Yard, a housing development of 36 converted shipping containers.

The donation will also pay for Harvest, a local food growing project, to maintain the gardens and provide a weekly course for the residents to learn how to grow their own food and the benefits of growing, buying and eating local produce.

Richardson Yard is a joint venture between the homelessness charity BHT and developer QED to tackle the acute shortage of affordable accommodation in Brighton and Hove.

36 shipping containers have been transformed into stylish, comfortable homes with the support of retailers Homebase, to provide temporary accommodation for homeless men and women; helping them to move on from homelessness, towards more positive futures.

Andy WinterWe are very grateful to the BHEAA for their generous donation which will not only provide our residents with a garden but will teach them how to grow their own food; a skill that they will be able to use long after they move on from Richardson Yard.

Andy Winter, Chief Executive, BHT

It is great that BHEAA have recognised the added value opportunity of encouraging more food growing in the City.  

Their generous donation will be used to further BHT’s Grow! initiative, a BHT gardening project developed to encourage clients to get involved and access opportunities to grow their own fruit and veg on BHT project sites.

Ross Gilbert, Director, QED

The money will also fund external expertise in the form of Harvest to provide onsite food growing mentoring and instruction to residents, I hope giving them the confidence, knowledge and skills to grow their own food at Richardson Yard and beyond.

The association is delighted to support this unique local housing project. Personally I was amazed how such a clever concept can create ideal starter homes. I hope that our donation helps the residents in their stay at Richardson Yard.

James Epps, BHEAA President 2013

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