It’s National Gardening Week, it’s got us thinking about all things garden!
In April 2018 Valley House began a gardening project for service users. Over the spring and summer we grew; tomatoes, strawberries, beans, peppers, chillies, cucumbers, rhubarb and potatoes! The children in the Nursery grew a variety of different herbs. It was a real joint effort between service users, staff and volunteers. We even had a group of volunteers from Grace Academy come to help with digging a vegetable patch and planting seeds.
The aim of the project was to give service users a knowledge and appreciation of how different foods are grown, with the hope that they will take this knowledge with them when they move on from Valley House!
To celebrate the successful harvest, we cooked a delicious feast with our service users, using the vegetables grown from the Valley House garden. The final dish was a joint effort between service users and the Young Parent team manager.
The project was more successful than we could have hoped. Even our very youngest service users got involved. It really did bring out a community spirit. Valley House planned on rekindling the garden project this month. Unfortunately, due to the current situation regarding the coronavirus, it’s now unclear when this project will start. When it does, we’ll be looking for some green fingered volunteers to help us! If you’re a keen gardener, and have some spare time on your hands, we’d love for you to come and lend a hand! Get in touch here.
Get involved in National Gardening Week!
Why not use gardening week to get out and invigorate your green spaces? A fresh trim of the lawn, a bit of weeding, a little can go a long way in improving the look of your garden and lifting your mood.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a garden, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a bit of greenery in your life! Houseplants are a great way to bring some of the outside in and are generally quite low maintenance. The RHS state that ‘Indoor plants offer two potential benefits for us: improved psychological (mental) well-being and improved physical human health (i.e. they support fitness and general health).’ (RHS.org.uk) Growing things is also a great activity to do with kids. Cress is particularly good as it grows fast and can be done on cotton wool in yogurt pots.
We have some green fingered staff at Valley House, they’ve sent in some pictures of their plants. Our Director of operations is growing lillies and herbs. Our Communications Office is attempting to grow tomatoes and chilli plants from seed and several staff have house plants. We appreciate the importance of outdoor spaces. Our Community Garden has been looking lovely recently. It’s a great space for eating outdoors, sitting and admiring the flowers and just getting out of the office. It’s also a great space to use with our service users.
If you want to find our more about National Gardening Week, visit the RHS website here.