Cash boost for kitchen garden

HEALTH-CONSCIOUS residents will dig for victory after being given a large financial boost to help them grow their own food.

Residents at the Clayton House sheltered housing scheme in Leigh will create a kitchen garden after being given nearly £3,000 in funding from social housing provider Adactus.

The money, which is being provided through Adactus’ Neighbourhood Fund, will be used to transform the sheltered housing’s outdoor space with fruit trees, planters and trellises to grow climbing vegetables.

Residents will work alongside environmental regeneration charity Groundwork to create the kitchen garden, which will allow people to grow fresh fruit and vegetables to be used in community activities and events hosted and also allow residents to experience the pleasure of putting food they have grown themselves on their own tables.

Lindsay Greenhalgh, Neighbourhood Development Officer at Adactus, said: “The positive impact of community food growing projects is massive; they not only promote healthy lifestyles but also bring the community together.

“The project will give residents at Clayton House the opportunity to get involved and keep active. The money is available because of efficiency savings we have made as a group and we have been able to support and deliver exciting projects and we look forward to supporting further projects in the future.”