A group of residents recently received the keys to their long awaited allotment plot beside Ewart House. the group immediately got stuck in tackling the overgrowth and preparing the ground.
Resident, Peter Callaghan enthused about the group’s new outdoor space, ‘It gets people together and is something to look forward to. I can see right onto the allotment from my veranda at Ewart House! I’d like to have a go at growing anything, especially potatoes.’
Harry Butler added, ‘I’m looking forward to growing sunflowers next year; our allotment is perfect for them because of its sunny position.’ Whilst vegetarian, Vijay Shukla said, ‘I am really looking forward to growing my own vegetables and herbs like fenugreek and coriander to eat!’
According to the Journal of Public Health researchers from the Universities of Essex and Westminster both found that as little as 30 minutes a week spent in an allotment for urban dwellers leads to significant gains in mental well-being Those who had worked in their allotments at least once a week had lower levels of fatigue, depression, tension and anger – and had higher self-esteem and better general health – than those who had done no gardening at all.
Each of the HCHA sheltered schemes have areas where you can grow your own plants. Speak to your Intensive Housing Coordinator if you would like to get started or join an existing gardening group or set up a new one.