With Alison Greenhalgh of Groundwork South
Othe detriment of my own allotment, I am currently working on a new project in Hounslow setting up six new community allotments. Funded by public health, the aim is to get 60 new growers on board during the year and undertake research to understand what positive impacts can be achieved from food growing and working together on a joint allotment.
I am a firm believer in the role of gardening and working an allotment or vegetable garden in achieving better mental and physical wellbeing but it will be interesting to see how our new growers get on.
Most appealing to me is the different groups recruited so far and their initial reasons for taking part.
At the main site, I have a church group who run a local food bank, hoping to grow substantial volumes of fresh vegetables for their food boxes.
Then there’s a Slimming World group aiming to grow fruit and vegetables to support their weight loss goals (whilst also getting a bit of exercise).
The third cohort is a patient participation group from the nearest doctor’s surgery who came on board thanks to one member of staff who also believes in the power of gardening.
She has driven the project and enthusiastically convinced the doctors (one of whom has her own allotment) that there could be tangible outcomes for patients, particularly those needing more social interaction, support for depression or bereavement and
New community allotments are being set up in Hounslow