Cultivating courses for the community
Published by H Seddon for East North East Homes Leeds in Housing and also in Communities
East North East Homes Leeds (ENEHL) and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are collaborating on a twelve months free Gardening Training Programme for ENEHL tenants.
The main aim of the training is to equip ENEHL tenants with simple gardening skills and support the development of gardening activities across the area, giving residents the skills to grow fruit and vegetables and to make their communities a brighter place to live. Part of the initiative is giving tenants access to our newly created ‘square meter’ gardening beds. Making use of a derelict garage site the raised beds which are funded by ENEHL, will be made available for those who may not have a piece of land to plant on.
ENEHL celebrated the launch of the initiative with a visit to Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate for inspiration. On the day a group of tenants were given gardening tips and guest speaker Sarah-Jane Mason from the RHS spoke about what the training would involve.
Ian Saville, Inclusive and Active Group member said: ‘This was an absolute eye opener and great afternoon out, I can’t wait for the courses to start.’
The Gardening Programme aims to support the development of gardening activity across the East North East area and is free to ENEHL tenants who are interested in enhancing their horticultural skills. The course will last one year and participants will then become community educators, passing on their knowledge to other gardeners in the community.
Andrea Van Sittart, RHS Head of Regional Development said: ‘This is a really exciting partnership that will help enhance community gardening in Leeds. It fulfills a key RHS objective to support UK gardeners at the grassroots level and we look forward to working with ENEHL on this programme.’
Councillor Graham Hyde who is supporting the project said: ‘This is a worthwhile programme that will give residents a great opportunity to gain the training and skills to grow their own fruit and vegetables and enhance the neighbourhood they live in.’
The first training session will take place on 21 August, if you’re interested in taking part, contact Simon Jordan on (0113) 2476101.