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Free gardening workshops to boost fitness and health

11 April 2017
Free gardening workshops to boost fitness and health.

Hackney residents are being encouraged to keep themselves fit and healthy by learning new gardening skills at free workshops.

Sanctuary Housing is supporting sessions at Morningside Kitchen Garden between now and the end of May with Hackney-based environmental education charity ecoACTIVE.

Participants will be shown how they can grow their own fruit and vegetables to cook healthy affordable meals.

They will also get chance to develop the skills needed to maintain the garden throughout the year for the benefit of their community.

Organisers are hoping the workshops will help strengthen relationships between neighbours and build friendships for the future.

Sessions take place at the gardens in Woodbine Terrace on Thursday 27 April and Friday 26 May from 3.30pm until 5pm. They are open to residents of all ages and abilities.

Sanctuary’s funding will also help buy a new water butt and hose pipe as well as other garden equipment.

Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhoods partnership manager, said: “The Morningside Kitchen Garden has proved popular since it opened in 2014 and this is another opportunity to build on that success.

“These free workshops are ideal for residents wanting to improve their gardening skills, keep fit and healthy and meet new people.”

Shaira Begum, from EcoActive, commented: “Our interactive workshops are designed to empower people to take meaningful action on sustainability and the Morningside Kitchen Garden is an excellent example of this.

“We look forward to working with residents, helping them to grow their own food and giving them the skills to maintain the garden into the future.”