Published: Monday 8th July 2019
Dewsbury care home, Ashworth Grange, is calling on the local community to help its staff and residents create an urban farm within its grounds.
The home, which is proud to be rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission, wants to increase its sustainability credentials by growing its own fruit and vegetables. Resident Betty Teale has already proved her green fingered skills by growing her own raspberries which she has made into jam for people living at the home to enjoy.
Care home staff hope that the process of planting, nurturing and tending to crops will join the home’s daily schedule of activities which helps residents to maintain physical activity, cognitive function and social interaction. They also aim to donate any residual produce to local food banks, which will further bolster residents’ feelings of value and involvement in the community
Colette Senior, Ashworth Grange’s lifestyle manager, said:“Everyone here is really passionate about living more sustainable lives and producing our own food wherever possible and Betty’s amazing raspberries have really inspired us to get growing on a bigger scale! The urban farm project is quite a big undertaking and whilst we’ve made a good start in digging out the ground, we’d love to hear from any community groups or vegetable-growing gurus who would be keen to help us! Likewise, if there are any art or youth groups out there who can help us make some garden friendly signs, so we can label what’s been planted in each patch, we’d be delighted to hear from them.
“This sort of activity looks great on a CV or university application and with the summer holidays approaching, we thought there might be plenty of people looking to fill their time accordingly. It’s quite literally a grass roots initiative that we hope will ultimately benefit many people living in the Dewsbury area.”
The project coincides with operator Ideal Carehomes’ annual ‘Gardens in Bloom’ competition which aims to celebrate residents and care staff across its 18 homes who have made most innovative use of their outdoor areas.
Ashworth Grange offers 24-hour residential and dementia care in a modern and luxurious setting for 64 people and boasts a café, library, hair salon and spacious lounges.
Anyone wishing to lend a hand to the home’s urban farm project can contact Ashworth Grange.
To contact Ashworth Grange, please call 01924 869 970 or email@example.com