Great War Green House Project


Forward Assist has three vegetable allotments in the community (walled) garden at Seaton Delaval Hall and as well as growing fresh vegetables for use in our intergenerational 'Cook2Give' Project we also have plans to renovate a dilapidated greenhouse in the walled garden in partnership with Clearspace Buildings, The National Trust, Job Centre Plus and unemployed military veterans. The renovated building will be used by community gardeners and National Trust volunteers. The project completion date is planned for November 2016.

Seaton Delaval Hall has a proud history of supporting the military in the North East and this project would make a fitting contribution to the WW1 centenary.

Forward Assist will support and mentor the veterans who participate in the Great War Greenhouse Project.

Tony Wright, founder of Forward Assist says;

“For some veterans, adjusting to civilian life can be very difficult. Many spend multiple tours in multiple locations, clocking up a few months to a few years in hostile and austere environments. A return to the civilian community can be joyous for a veteran and his or her family or, an experience fraught with transitional difficulties and anxiety”.

Forward Assist was registered as a Charity in England and Wales in January 2013 and builds upon the work of About Turn Veterans Support Services by providing an environment where veterans can feel physically and psychologically safe and where they can access opportunities to serve their community through meaningful and challenging activities. 

“Former Service personnel have many transferable skills and the Great War Greenhouse project at Seaton Delaval Hall will help them gain new skills whilst improving self-esteem and adding much-needed structure to their lives in the safe and spectacular environment at Seaton Delaval Hall.  I am very proud that Forward Assist will be providing long-term benefit to other local community groups and the general public for years to come by restoring the greenhouses at Seaton Delaval Hall. This project represents everything I set up Forward Assist to do.”  

 A representative from Seaton Delaval Hall said; 

“This is a great project, which delivers benefits to so many people.  The veterans will get skills development, along with social and life skills, and when the greenhouse is handed over to the National Trust at the end of the project, the community gardeners, including Forward Assist, will be able to use the greenhouse for years to come”

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