Sycamore Grange residents are growing their own

Release Date: 19-May-2010
Residents of Sycamore Grange in Golcar, Huddersfield 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.
Planting up at Brooklyn Grange

Planting up at Brooklyn Grange

Some of the people involved in the scheme

Some of the people involved in the scheme

Around 40 people, including grange residents, school children from Beech Junior and Infants School and staff from KNH took part in an event last Friday (14 May) to celebrate a garden makeover and grow-your-own project.

The event, which also celebrated the achievements of the new tenants and residents’ association, was officially launched by Jacky Thomas, KNH Neighbourhood Operations Manager.

Working together, everyone helped to plant vegetables in a new raised beds, which have been built by KNH in response to a request from the grange’s tenants and residents association for more input into their garden.

Residents working on the scheme have also been supported by Elaine Thelier, a horticultural therapist, who brings specially-designed gardening tools for people who need them.

Mick Brewster, chair of the Sycamore Grange TRA, said, “This is a great opportunity for residents and people from the surrounding area, especially the children, to get involved and work together on a really worthwhile project.

“We’ve got great plans for the new garden that will make it an even better place for everyone to enjoy.

“We already have very successful ‘cook and eat’ sessions at the grange, so we’re hoping to be able to use the vegetables we grow for everyone’s benefit – and home grown food always tests so much better than what you buy in shops!”

KNH staff Deloris Walsh and Chris Thomas, 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 meet with neighbours and residents from outside the grange, and to reduce the isolation that older people often feel.”

Cllr Shabir Pandor, the Cabinet member responsible for housing, said: “these kinds of projects are a good way of bringing together people of different ages and backgrounds. They’re also an important way to help older people live life to the full, which is a key priority for the council.”

• To find out more about the Sycamore Grange project, contact TRA Chair Mick Brewster on 01484 654915.
• 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 more about growing your own food, even if you don’t have a garden, please contact Carol Smith at KNH on 01484 416606.

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