Food group helps care home residents to grow their own
VOLUNTEERS are helping the elderly grow their own food.
Food4Macc, a group which promotes local food growing projects, constructed two raised beds for residents at Upton Grange Residential Care Home.
But unlike normal raised beds, these are specially adapted.
They are lifted 80cm off the ground, which minimises the need for gardeners to bend and makes gardening accessible to wheelchair users.
Sara Wreford, Stuart Potter, Colin Townend, Andrew Melville and Bill Pettipiece from Food4Macc were called in by Samantha Jackson, the facilities support manager at Cheshire Residential Home Trust, who wanted a project to help the residents be more green fingered.
Two lorry loads of woodchip were donated by tree surgeon Joseph Wells and six tonnes of topsoil were barrowed into position by volunteers.
Colin Townend, chairman of Food4Macc, said: “Our involvement began when Samantha Jackson contacted us about building two wheelchair-friendly raised beds for residents, similar to the ones we had made at Belong on Kennedy Avenue and Prestbury House, on a little-used area of lawn.”
Food4Macc promotes growing locally and buying local produce.
It runs a gardensharing scheme, matching up people who have an area of unused garden space with others who are looking for somewhere to grow fruit and vegetables.
The group also offers schools wanting to take on food growing projects free advice and funding.
See food4macc.org for more information.
●» Food4Macc volunteers Sara Wreford, Stuart Potter, Samantha Jackson, Colin Townend, Andrew Melville and Bill Pettipiece constructed two special raised beds for residents at Upton Grange Residential Care Home, on Prestbury Road
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