Community helps get allotment ready for residents in Ringshill

The community have rallied together to help transform a slightly dilapidated allotment, into an area with raised beds and quiet areas for residents at Ringshill Care Home in Huntingdon to enjoy.

Katie Wilkinson, Home Manager explained: “The residents at Ringshill want to get more involved with growing their own vegetables to use in the home, so I spoke to the local community to see if we could make use of the allotments which were next door to the home.

“The response from the community was brilliant. Special mention has to go to the Co-Op, as two of their stores local to Huntingdon raised money to help rejuvenate the allotment. The team at the stores helped to tidy the allotments, making it safe for our residents to use. I want to say thank you to everyone for their help. The residents are already talking excitedly about having a place to go and enjoy the summer months, plant a variety of vegetables and embrace everything green fingered.”

On the 16th and 17th May, the Operations Managers from the Co-Op are coming down to finish the allotment.

Paul Slade, Operations Manager for the Co-Op said: “This has been a fantastic project for everyone at the Co-Op to get involved in. I’ve spoken to some of the other people attending on the 16th and 17th May and they can’t wait to take part in this team building exercise. I’ve spoken to the residents, and seeing their faces light up as they talk about what they want to grow in the allotment and what they could do with the space. Their reactions make this project worthwhile.”

Katie Wilkinson added: “Anyone who wants to help finish the allotment and watch the residents take over are more than welcome to come on any of the two days. We’ll be putting on a BBQ to ensure all the troops and everyone attends can have a burger or a hot dog to keep them going.”

Date published: 15 September 2017

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