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December 7, 2009

Grow your own

Filed under: Featured — andrewchilvers @ 12:50 pm

Ever grown vegetables?

It was only when I bought a house with a rather large garden that I thought of creating an allotment on the waste ground at the end below an old chestnut tree.

I’ve never been a “Good Life” kind of person, used to buying all my fruit and veg in some large supermarket. So this year I gave it a go. And it really worked! Growing and cooking your own spuds does really give you sense of well being. The harvesting is genuinely exciting and the whole family got stuck in. The texture of the skin is finer and they taste incredibly light. The same goes for onions, carrots, shallots and a host of other root veg that I planted this year.

The reason I say all this is because communities around the country are doing similar projects to help people with disabilities and mental health conditions build up or rebuild their lives.

At this point I’ll stop and simply let Rory Mescall, a member of the CASU allotment project in Stockport, tell you his story.


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