Care home gar­den­ers cel­e­brate their al­lot­ments

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

A CARE home threw open its gar­dens to the public as part of a campaign to pro­mote al­lot­ments.

Be­long Mac­cles­field, on Kennedy Av­enue, boasts an im­pres­sive gar­den and al­lot­ments, which are tended by res­i­dents of the care vil­lage, staff and vis­it­ing groups.

Fruit and veg­eta­bles cul­ti­vated there are har­vested and dished up in meals at the care home.

The events were launched as part of Na­tional Al­lot­ments Week.

Caro­line Ray, gen­eral man­ager for Be­long Mac­cles­field, said: “Gar­den­ing not only serves to pro­vide home­grown food for peo­ple liv­ing within the vil­lage, but also pro­vides a fo­cus for so­cial in­ter­ac­tions and an op­por­tu­nity to en­gage in gen­tle ex­er­cise.”

She added: “There has been great in­ter­est in our home grown project, both from those who have had a life­long in­ter­est in gar­den­ing to res­i­dents just look­ing to get in­volved in a new hobby or spend more time out­doors.

“I’ve seen so many won­der­ful foods com­ing into our kitchens, from let­tuces and beans to fresh straw­ber­ries and rasp­ber­ries.

“It gives us great sat­is­fac­tion to eat fruit and veg­eta­bles that grown our­selves.”

The care home’s gar­den­ing club for res­i­dents meets ev­ery Fri­day af­ter­noon from 2.45pm to 3.15pm. The club has been run­ning for over two years, un­der the su­pervi-

we’ve sion of Philip Shaw, founder of Fork-2-Plate, a busi­ness aimed at help­ing peo­ple to grow and cook their own food in Cheshire, and a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity group, Food4Macc, which aims to have more food pro- duced lo­cally in Mac­cles­field. Na­tional Al­lot­ments Week is run by the Na­tional Al­lot­ment So­ci­ety (NSALG), an or­gan­sa­tion up­hold­ing the in­ter­ests and rights of the al­lot­ment com­mu­nity in the UK.

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