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Missionaries ‘shovel’ support to shape accessible woodland garden

The Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) is proud to welcome the addition of a wheelchair accessible woodland garden.

PCP Lead Community Garden Volunteer, David Cockburn, is bringing a vision to life with the helping hands of missionaries from as far as Arizona.

Work is currently underway to transform PCP’s Community Garden, with the addition of new pathways and plants in accessible reach, wooden seated areas and new shrubs, ferns, climbers and woodland flowers.

David Cockburn, said: “The Community Garden is used by local community groups for sensory and educational activities, and the developments of an accessible woodland garden ensures the space can be enjoyed by everyone.

“I’d like to thank missionaries, Denton Hardt from Arizona, and Nephi Robertson from Birmingham for all their hard work and commitment.”

“As a wheelchair user myself, I am over the moon to receive support from the visiting missionaries, who have worked so hard on supporting plans for the Community Garden development.”

The Community Garden is based at the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe, where PCP projects Options, for adults with physical and learning disabilities, and Together 21, for children with Down syndrome, regularly interact with the space as part of their service.

Carol Gaskarth, Chief Executive of PCP, said: “We can’t thank the missionaries enough for joining our PCP volunteers to support our mission in creating a space for all.”

This development work is part of a large project underway in the PCP Community Garden, where Garden Pods are currently being constructed.

Find out more about the Community Garden on our website.

You can support the Community Garden as a volunteer, contact

Keep up to date with the Community Garden developments and visit PCP’s social media channels. PCP’s Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram @PioneeringCare.

If you would like to find out more about PCP generally or to support our work please contact: Jenny Lee, Senior Marketing & Media Officer

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