Release Date: 12-May-2010
Residents of Denham Court retirement housing in Batley 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.
Potting up at Denham Court
Around 20 residents took part in a recent gardening demonstration and helped pot up salad leaves and herbs to take home and look after. They also helped plant vegetables in a new allotment patch, which has been organised by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) after talking to residents about what they wanted.
To ensure that the residents have all the support they 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 grange was awarded £870 to spend on tools, a shed, seeds, plants and compost. The funding will also contribute to a harvest festival celebration once the crops are ready. KNH built the shed and provided residents with their own salad trays to grow at home,
Alan Roberts, a keen gardener who lives at Denham Court, said, “This is a great opportunity for everyone to get together and see what we’re doing. Best of all, it’s getting people interested in what we’re growing and encouraging them to use the communal garden.”
Carol Smith, a project manager from KNH who helped develop the scheme, 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.”
According to Cllr Shabir Pandor, the Cabinet member responsible for housing, “the grow-your-own scheme is one way that partner agencies like KNH can support us to improve older people’s health and wellbeing and help them live life to the full, which are key priorities for the council.”
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 on 01484 416606.