Jeannie Webster

The Rank Foundation has a special relationship with Jeannie – we’re so proud of the work she has done with the Community Rainbow Gardens.

Jeannie Webster, and other residents, started the Rainbow Garden after Jeannie came across a neglected piece of land back in 1996.

“With agreement from the landowners, we set out to make a community garden. Volunteers of all ages cleared the land, and in October 1998, the Rainbow Garden was officially opened”. Through successfully applying for small grants, the Garden became more successful.

In 2005, a local resident and keen gardener, Brenda Elm joined us. As time went by, Brenda gained the confidence to go to Bishop Burton Horticultural College for two years and gained a National Diploma in Horticulture, with distinction. She continued to volunteer at Rainbow Garden.

With the funding from the Rank Foundation’s Hull Community Development Programme, Rainbow Garden was able to offer Brenda a paid post.

We now attract a variety of business and offer a variety of services. We have benefited from publicity, have won awards and been able to access other sources of funding.

Thanks to the help of the Rank Foundation.