Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Green-fingered residents at an over 55’s housing scheme in Hereford have finally tasted the success of their hard work.
For the past eight weeks, people from St John’s Kemble Court, Newton Farm, have been busy growing herbs and vegetables in their community garden.
It was part of Kemble Housing’s ‘growing healthy’ project where residents discovered more about home-grown produce and the benefits of eating locally sourced foods. The project also helps to tackle social isolation and the negative effects it can have on older people.
Residents David Lloyd and Adele Britten both expressed their interest in using herbs from the kitchen garden to season their meals, giving them a touch more flavour.
“I’ve already been taking a pinch of mint to use when I’ve been cooking lamb”, David said. “I’ve also made use of the coriander we have in the garden. It’s really handy having the plants here. I can just come and grab some when I need it.”
Residents at St John’s Kemble Court have now taken charge of maintaining the communal vegetable and herb patches. It is hoped that initiatives such as this will help to reduce isolation by bringing residents together through a shared interest.
To celebrate the achievements, staff at St John’s Kemble Court, part of WM Housing Group, held a barbecue.
They were keen to get the taste-buds tingling by seasoning food with some of the home-grown herbs before it was enjoyed by residents, as well as their family and friends.
Karen Pritchard, assistant director at Kemble, said: “This project created a great sense of community spirit and it was good to see so many people getting involved. Social isolation is a real issue faced by older people in our communities so it’s vital that we use initiatives like this to bring people together.
“It was lovely for everyone to not only see, but to taste the results of their hard work. There are many benefits of growing your own food; it’s something fun to get involved in and helps you make a much better choice about what goes on your plate.”