Hovenden House is a home (with nursing care), providing a range of services for adults with physical disabilities in South Holland, Lincolnshire. Master Gardener David has been supporting the community growing space there since he volunteered with the programme in September 2011, building up a very impressive 56.5 volunteering hours in the process.
‘I have managed to get a grant from South Holland District Council for Hovenden House Leonard Cheshire Disability Home. The grant has been used to build a paved area for raised beds which can be accessed by the residents from their wheelchairs. The boxes for the raised beds were made by young adults as part of the National Citizenship Scheme – also arranged through SHDC by me. I have made bespoke gardening equipment for the disabled residents to use from their wheelchairs as many of them have physical as well as mental disabilities’ David Wood
The residents are enjoying growing food and David is a very popular green-shirted individual when he visits. Due to the engagement of the residents, South Holland District Council awarded the home with money to create a more disabled friendly growing environment.
‘I’m pleased to see that the £3,000 allocated to the project has created a path and area where they can be installed. I hope that all the plants thrive and that they will continue to be eaten by the residents and used by the chef in the House’s kitchen’ Karen Johnson, South Holland District Council
For more information about Hovenden House, visit http://www.lcdisability.org/hovendenhouse
For more information about South Holland District Council and their commitment to healthy living and eating visit http://www.sholland.gov.uk/health/KitchenGardenProject.htm