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Appetite for healthy eating sustains four generations in Chester

6 October 2015
Keen growers Barbara Owen, Sanctuary Housing Growing Spaces coordinator Sue Perry, Layla Coldrick and Shirley Owen at the Weston Grove Growing Spaces site in Upton.

Four generations of a green fingered Chester family are growing their own fresh produce as part of a Sanctuary Housing initiative to transform disused sites in the area.

Sanctuary’s Growing Spaces site at Weston Grove, Upton

Six-year-old Layla Coldrick, mum Tanya Coldrick, grandmother Shirley Owen and great grandmother Barbara Owen are enjoying growing their own vegetables at Sanctuary’s Growing Spaces site at Weston Grove, Upton.

The Growing Spaces project in Chester

The Growing Spaces project is open to everyone and aims to turn disused garage sites and other unused spaces in the neighbourhood into green areas where residents can grow their own fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Three Growing Spaces sites across Chester

The successful initiative, which is now in its third year, has seen the creation of green havens at Sanctuary sites in Weston Grove, Upton, Queen’s Road, Vicars Cross and an allotment site owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council at Linden Grove, Hoole. All the initiatives have communal growing bags, new water harvesting systems, donated sheds and recycled green houses.

Partnership working for the Growing Spaces project

The Growing Spaces project is funded by the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust and is delivered by Sanctuary Housing in partnership with Hoole Allotments and Gardens Association.

Sue Perry, Sanctuary Housing Growing Spaces coordinator, said: “Layla is a great example of one of our young residents who is reaping the benefits of our community gardening initiatives. We use giant builders bags filled with green waste, which makes it easier for beginners and more experienced growers to maintain their crops. There is room on all three sites for more growers of all ages. Our aim is to inspire growers like Layla and we welcome individuals, families or groups to take part in the whole growing process throughout the year.”

Barbara Owen added: “Until Layla grew veg herself she wouldn't eat any and now as long as it comes from the Growing Spaces project she loves it.”

To get involved in any of the Growing Spaces initiatives or to find out more about workshops, please call Sue Perry on 07442 535354, 0808 100 7701 or 01244 305503 or email growing.spaces@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.