75 youngsters will be given everything they need to grow their own vegetables and wildflowers, thanks to a grant from South West Water’s new £100,000 Neighbourhood Fund.

The project, run by Newquay-based Cornwall Accessible Activities Programme (CAAP)project is the brainchild of CAAP founder Sandy Lawrence, who saw how much her own disabled son, Matthew (18), enjoyed gardening during the first lockdown last summer.

As well as getting the kids out into the fresh air, Lawrence said the project would have a valuable educational benefit. Part of the South West Water grant will be spent on a series of fun Zoom lessons with a professional to explain how the plants grow, how to look after them properly, and helping the children to learn about nutrition and healthy eating.

CAAP was founded in 2014 after Cornwall Council budget cuts led to the removal of activities for disabled children during the school holidays. The charity offers a range of inclusive activities for vulnerable youngsters, and now caters for more than 700 member families across Cornwall.

The pandemic has emphasised the importance of local communities and South West Water is investing in supporting people across Devon and Cornwall to build back and connect communities.

South West Water is making this investment to better the lives of local people through funding projects which protect the nature and the environment for the benefit of community health and well-being; provide new opportunities for people to learn and develop; bring communities together, virtually or physically, when safe to do so; and/or support the upkeep of local neighbourhood centres and facilities to keep communities strong.

Find out more about the South West Water Neighbourhood Fund: southwestwater.co.uk/community/support/neighbourhood-fund.