We are delighted to award the Ruskin Mill Land Trust (RMLT) with a grant of more than £17,000 to help build the Fold Community Garden in North Yorkshire which will offer a tranquil space for military families to enjoy time together.

Ruskin Mill Land Trust (RMLT) was established in 1996 and its focus is to acquire, restore and transform derelict land and property into beautiful and useful spaces for local communities, including the Army family.

Clervaux Trust leases the Fold from RMLT to run programmes and activities for Army families and young people with learning disabilities. The two charities work closely together to create lively, inclusive centres using arts, culture and social enterprise to build stronger communities

Janine Christley, Director of Fundraising for Ruskin Mill Land Trust, expressed her delight at the award, saying: “This grant will benefit so many families that are in need of time and space to deal with issues around deployment, injury or trauma.  We are so grateful that ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has recognised the value of our new project and the impact it will make.”

RMLT will be working closely with nearby garden centres, members of the local community and military families to build this garden. The garden will be transformed to feature play areas for children, areas to grow fruit and vegetables and learn more about nutrition, a water features to enjoy a peaceful reflection and an overall quiet place for military families to spend precious time together.

Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, said: “Gardens are well known for their therapeutic properties and I am delighted that The Soldiers’ Charity has given a helping hand in creating this unique space for military families.”

To find out more, visit: https://www.rmlt.org.uk