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Lombardy Court resident brightens community gardens

Lombardy Court resident Hadge Sollinger has found a creative way to keep busy since retiring, while reaping the benefits of gardening.

After retiring from his job at Mercedes as a supervisor, where he was a car paint sprayer for 36 years, Hadge was on the hunt for a new way of showing off his creativity.

Hadge’s began his new venture by making small wheelbarrow planters for the community garden outside of his flat. Once his neighbours began to notice the lovely planters in their garden, they encouraged him to make more of them to sell.

Having never done anything like this before, Hadge started making more of the wheelbarrow planters and selling them to raise money for the gardens on Lombardy Court. The money he has raised so far has allowed the community to buy more plants and flowers for their garden, allowing residents to get involved.

Not only is gardening great physical exercise, it can help to boost your mood by releasing endorphins, our body’s own natural feel-good hormone. As well as this, gardening often allows people to connect with others and make new friends, which can help to reduce feelings of isolation.

Hadge says: “My hobbies are watching football and playing snooker, but I really love working in the garden and doing anything outdoors. Everybody has told me that they are brilliant, and I have had lots of requests for them.

“To date, I’ve made 13 of the wheelbarrow planters. The real joy for me is when people come to pick them up, and I see how happy they make people. Raising money that can go back into the garden makes it all worthwhile.

“I am always looking for new ideas, and I have been thinking about doing windmills. Watch this space for my next project...”


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Communications Intern at Together Housing

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