Gardening group celebrate achieving Community Interest Company status

A not for profit gardening company serving people in Lichfield and Burntwood is set to celebrate a groundbreaking milestone.

Cherry Orchard Gardening Service (COGS) has become a registered Community Interest Company operating as a Social Firm.

Social Firms create jobs for people who find it hard to get them and trade for a social or environmental purpose, with profits being reinvested back into the company and the community.

The group has been running for seven years and there are 12 members who maintain around 1,740 gardens each summer in the Lichfield and Burntwood area.

Many of the staff members have a learning disability and each person is paid for the work they do.

Local county councillor and COGS Director Terry Finn said:

“COGS provides an excellent service by tending to the gardens of older people who want to maintain their independence by living in their own home for as long as possible. I’ve seen first hand how they have developed new skills and get involved in the local community which makes a big difference to their confidence and self esteem.

“I admire what this group has done by registering as a Community Interest Company and it is a real asset for Lichfield and Burntwood by providing this value for money service for local residents.”

To celebrate this milestone, the COGS gardeners have organised a celebration day on May 21 which will include a lawn mowing competition, refreshments and other activities.

Anyone wanting more information about booking COGS to do gardening work can call the Burntwood Live at Home Scheme on 01543 674257.

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