Lyn Royd residents grow their own

Release Date: 04-May-2011
Residents of Lyn Royd retirement housing in Linthwaite will soon be enjoying the fruits of their labour, thanks to a new grow-your-own project that has just been launched at the grange.
Willie Haigh, Joan Cox and Margaret Moult

Willie Haigh, Joan Cox and Margaret Moult

Joined by neighbours from other granges, around 20 residents attended the launch, where they planted flowers, fruit and vegetables in new raised beds, which have been built by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) to give the grange’s gardening club more useable garden space.

The residents were supported by staff from KNH and from Kirklees Council’s Street Scene, who ran a variety of gardening activities, including hanging basket demonstrations and tips on planting vegetables in the raised beds.

To ensure that the residents have all they need to make the garden a success, KNH applied for a grant from the Food Initiative and Nutrition Education team, which is part of the Kirklees Council and NHS Eat Well for Life project. The project has also been supported by a KNH Excel Community Grant.

Jean Smith from Lyn Royd, described the launch as “an enjoyable experience learning how to grow our own produce and of being a team working together.” But Jean and the other Lyn Royd gardeners won’t be putting their feet up while nature takes its course; they are already looking to develop another section of the garden to provide a fruit orchard and seating area for residents.

Carly Webster, KNH’s Older People’s Activity Coordinator, explained, “The aim of the project is to help our older residents be more active and eat more healthily. It’s also a great way of encouraging them to get together and to reduce the isolation that older people often feel.”

As part of its commitment to creating successful communities, KNH is working with other organizations and local people on council estates across Kirklees to develop grow-your-own schemes and community gardens. If you would like to find out how you can get involved or want more information about growing your own food, even if you don’t have a garden, please contact Carol Smith at KNH on 07811 164093.