Food group helps care home res­i­dents to grow their own

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

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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