A blooming success for St. Leger Homes of Doncaster
Published by S Southgate for St Leger Homes in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education, Environment, Health
Adults and young people from the Craganour TARA Growers’ Group in Doncaster enjoy the St. Leger Homes celebration.
More than 400 people from toddlers to the over 80s have joined Growers’ Groups in a project run by St. Leger Homes of Doncaster, the ALMO which manages around 21,000 properties for Doncaster Council.
Thirty-one groups of enthusiastic growers have formed over the past year, and each has created vegetable plots on previously unused land, including grassed areas around youth clubs and community centres. Aims of the project include helping residents learn to grow their own food, cook it healthily, meet new friends and take part in an outdoor activity.
Representatives of the groups recently met each other at a celebration event in Doncaster where they were able to share their experiences. Photo displays about the work of each group were on display and awards were presented for a range of achievements.
Susan Jordan, Chief Executive of St. Leger Homes, said: “Budding for Sustainable Food has been an outstanding success which has benefitted communities across Doncaster. Hundreds of residents have learned new skills, met new friends in their neighbourhood, and have harvested their own low-cost healthy food.”
The community garden project is a result of St. Leger Homes achieving a grant of £105,214 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food project.