Grand Opening of Ringshill Allotment

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.”

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 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.”

The allotment was opened in style with the team, residents, the community and local Mayor coming to enjoy the BBQ.

Katie Wilkinson added: “I want to thank everyone for attending the event. You have no idea how much this allotment will mean to our residents.”

Date published: 15 September 2017

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