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Two generations sow the seeds for healthy eating

27 May 2015

Retirement living residents in Market Drayton joined local schoolchildren in planting the seeds for healthy eating as part of an intergenerational gardening project.

Residents from Sanctuary Retirement Living’s Corbett Court, at Manor Gardens, met with pupils from Market Drayton Infant School to furnish hanging baskets and prepare vegetable beds at the scheme.

Both groups were guided in their efforts by the local branch of Incredible Edible, a national campaign that aims to unite communities through local food initiatives. Together, the two groups learned correct techniques for planting, maintaining, tending to and cultivating their produce.

Corbett Court received £350 from Sanctuary Group’s Moneybox fund to cover the costs of plants, equipment, refreshments and a small greenhouse for the project.

Incredible Edible matched the funding in the form of vegetable produce supplied on the day, as well as time spent tutoring the groups on gardening skills.

Vegetables from the project will be used by residents in their own cooking throughout the year, while the hanging baskets may be considered for inclusion in Market Drayton In Bloom later this summer.

Corbett Court scheme assistant, Lynn Fenlon, said: “Our residents are very grateful to both Sanctuary and Incredible Edible for the funding and expertise to get this project off the ground.

“Projects like this help to develop successful and sustainable communities and our residents were delighted to welcome the school children to Corbett Court.”

This project was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.