Orchard House Care Home Supports Community Food Project- Part II

It’s been a couple of weeks since Orchard House Care Home shared their last Feed Fenland allotment project news with us, and we’re excited to share the latest vegetable-inspired news provided by the home’s Lifestyle Lead, Miranda Robinson.

If you missed the previous news bulletin, here is a recap.

Orchard House Care Home in Wisbech has been involved in the local community project, Feed Fenland. For the past three months. Residents and team members have been visiting the allotments and helping to grow seeds in the home’s greenhouse.

Miranda, the home’s Lifestyle Lead, gave an update on the home’s involvement: “We’ve been busy planting a variety of vegetable and herb seeds in our greenhouse, tenderly looking after them so they are big and strong enough to be transferred into the allotments’ raised beds. The residents were really excited to hand them over to the team when we visited.”

This week a team of gardeners, Penny, Joy, Wally, Roy, Jim, and Michael but their wellies and gloves on and travelled from the home to the allotments to get digging!

“During our visit we handed over the small vegetable and herb plants, we were really excited to show Andrew and Malcolm at the allotments and help plant them.

We are extremely grateful for the support they have shown us, making accommodations for the residents so they can comfortably get around the allotment and access the planters. They have even provided lots of seating so the residents can take regular rest breaks.”

The home has now purchased more seeds, pots, and compost to continue growing the much-needed foods for the project.

Sarah Watson, the home’s General Manager, reflected on how the project is going: “What is wonderful about our involvement is that all the residents who wish to get involved in the project are able to do so, as little or as much as they want. We have residents who are planting seedlings in their rooms, some who are working in the greenhouse in our garden, and a team who want to go to the allotment and get involved there. It means that we all feel a sense of contributing and making a difference in our community.”

Make sure you keep an eye out for our next update from Orchard House’s Feed Fenland Allotment Project.

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